STEIFF Tiger Hand Puppet ~ 1960s Rare!



Based on a classic mid century Steiff design, this Tiger hand puppet has an endearing expression that is lovely! As other Steiff animals of the 60s, little Tiger 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 adores. It has hand embroidered nose and mouth. Its head is stuffed with excelsior (wood wool) and has a plastic finger tube for movement. Tiger is in excellent condition with vivid colors. It retains the chest tag but has lost the Steiff button and ear tag. Please note that this toy has a factory defect: the airbrushing on the left hand was misplaced. This special puppet 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. Excellent condition with vivid colors. With chest tag. Missing button and ear tag. Please note that this toy has a factory defect: the airbrushing on the left hand was misplaced. Please determine the condition by yourself, taking a close look at all pictures and asking questions.
  • Origin: Germany
  • Brand: Steiff
  • ID: with chest tag. Missing button and ear tag
  • Year: circa 1960s
  • Size: 9in/23 cm tall
  • Materials: finest mohair plush, plastic 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.

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