STEIFF Tiger Hand Puppet ~ 1950s Rare!

Based on a classic mid century Steiff design, this Tiger hand puppet has a baby-like expression that is adorable. As other Steiff animals of the time, it was expertly handmade in Germany using the finest mohair plush. Its glass eyes are an indication of an early toy, likely from the 1950s. The amazing airbrushing work gives this character a vibrant look that everyone loves. It has an embroidered nose and mouth, and nylon whiskers. Its head is stuffed with excelsior (wood wool) and has a cardboard finger tube for movement. This puppet has been loved! The mohair plush has yellowed/soiled and there are small bald spots and stains. Certainly little tiger will be a great addition to any old toy Collection.

A curious fact about Steiff's tiger hand puppet is that a similar toy was used by Fred Rogers on his first episode of “The Children’s Corner” in 1954. Originally, a bird was supposed to come out of the cuckoo clock but instead Fred used a puppet he received as a gift from WQED Station Manager, Dorothy Daniel. He named the tiger puppet Daniel after her. Very few people know that Fred’s first famous and beloved Daniel the Tiger puppet was a Steiff hand puppet similar to this one!

  • Condition: Used and pre-owned vintage puppet. Well loved! The mohair plush has yellowed/soiled and there are small bald spots and stains. Missing button and tags. Please determine the condition by yourself, taking a close look at all pictures and asking questions.
  • Origin: Germany
  • Brand: Steiff
  • ID: missing button and tags
  • Year: circa 1950s
  • Size: 9in/23 cm tall
  • Materials: finest mohair plush, glass eyes, excelsior
  • The puppet stand is not included

    This vintage puppet does not comply with current safety standards and is intended for adult use only.

    Customer Reviews

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    Shirley Schulz
    STEIFF Tiger Hand Puppet

    Absolutely delighted with this adorable puppet. He is the all-time favorite addition to our puppet family. So much character and expression! Marcus is an amazing person. This seller is passionate about puppets and I have never been disappointed in the puppets (many) that I have purchased from him. His customer service is next to none.
    He is a great communicator and he keeps track of delivery. Such a pleasure to deal with! I can't say enough good things about him. Thank you Marcus for delighting us once again.