Based on a classic mid century Steiff design, this Tiger hand puppet has a very special baby-like expression that is irresistible. Its endearing glass eyes are an indication of an early model, likely made in the 1950s. As other Steiff animals of the time, it was expertly handmade in Germany using the finest mohair plush. The amazing airbrushing work is also outstanding and gives this character a vibrant look that everyone loves. Little Tiger has an embroidered nose and mouth. Its head is stuffed with excelsior (wood wool) and has a cardboard finger tube for movement. It has been gently used and still shows great colors. Steiff trademark "button in ear" is present but the yellow tag has been cutoff. Also note that the chest tag is missing. Little Tiger can't wait to be part of your vintage 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 preserved with nice colors. With ear button and cutoff yellow tag. Missing chest tag. Please determine the condition by yourself, taking a close look at all pictures and asking questions.
- Origin: Germany
- Brand: Steiff
ID: with button and cutoff yellow tag
- Year: circa 1950s
- Size: 9in/23 cm tall
- Materials: finest mohair plush, glass eyes, excelsior
- The puppet stand is not included
WARNING: This vintage puppet does not comply with current safety standards and is intended for adult use only.