Friday, July 5, 2013

Short Notes: Dear Deer

I see a lot of animal collectibles at estate sales.  Few, however, are as appealing as this little Steiff fawn.  It came from the estate of "Dr. Owl" and his son.

The German company Steiff first started making toys in 1880.   Steiff is most famous for its teddy bears, but it made many other animals too, including deer.  

This little guy is about 4 1/2 inches tall and dates from the late 1950s.  It's easy to think of the children in the Oulie family patting it softly, perhaps putting under the tree at Christmastime, setting it back on a shelf or placing it in a toy box for the rest of the year.

If you missed my previous blog post on "Dr. Owl," it's here:  

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