Margarete Steiff GmbH 1880
- Giengen an der Brenz, Stuttgart district, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1880 - founded by Margarete Steiffe;
1902 - Richard Steiff designed the Steiff teddy bear, which is believed to be one of the first 'teddy bears'.
1904 - Steiff's trademark "button in ear" devised by Margarete's nephew Franz. The button is metal and originally had the symbol of an elephant, later replaced by the name Steiff.