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Granny's - Dolls, Toys and Wonderful Keepsakes

Featuring the Best Pricing on the Web for Steiff, Schuco, Kosen, Bodo Hennig Doll Houses, Selecta Doll Houses, Gotz Dolls, Sylvia Natterer Dolls, Reutter Porcelain, Zwergnase Dolls and Tucher & Walther German tin toys.

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4473 Ackerly Farm Rd.

New Albany, Ohio 43054

To order by telephone, call Toll Free 1-866-549-8697
Between 10AM-2PM EST Monday thru Friday.

International Call 614-975-4600

Fax 740-927-1905

Granny's is a great place to find a large selection of Collectible dolls, German collectible dolls and tin toys. We offer many different Tucher & Walther tin toys and Schuco tin toy cars including the full Schuco Classic Line of tin toy collectable cars. This line includes the Schuco Classic Garages, the Schuco die studio family, the Schuco classic old timers, Schuco classic motor cycles, most of the Schuco classic German tin toy kits.
Doll makers - We also carry a wide selection of hand made German dolls. We offer the Kathe Kruse line of collectible dolls, including the Kathe Kruse Felicia and Kristin collectible dolls as well as the Kathe Kruse Mimmerle collectible doll, the Kathe Kruse Waldorf dolls. We also carry the Gotz selection of collectible dolls. Including the Gotz Kristine & Camilla collectible dolls (by doll maker Sissel B. Skille), Gotz Erie collectible dolls (by doll maker Ulrike Hutt), Gotz Paulinchen collectible dolls (by doll maker Susi Eimer) and the Gotz Joy collectible dolls (by doll maker Hildegard Gunzel). And finally a selection of doll maker Sylvia Natterer collectible dolls.
We carry both the Selecta Dollhouses and the Bodo Hennig Dollhouses. Including the Bodo Hennig Country Classic Doll house and the Bodo Hennig Doll house in art nouveau style. In the Selecta dollhouses we carry most wooden dollhouse models and most wooden Selecta doll house accessories.
We are a great source of Collectible stuffed animals including the German Steiff collection. We carry Steiff Dolls by Goetz, White Tag Limited Editions, Steiff Classic Teddies, Classic Animals, Classic Replicas, Steiff Wild Animals--Prairie and Desert and a large variety of other Steiff teddy bears. A great place for all of your Steiff bear needs.
Granny's is a great place to find Kosen Plush collectable stuffed animals. We carry a large selection of Kosen Teddy Bears including the Polar teddy bear, Cinnamon teddy bear, Kosen black bear, brown teddy bear and a large variety of other Kosen stuffed wildlife creatures. A large variety of plush toys.
Finally at Granny's you can find a nice selection of Wilesco toy steam engines and live steam toys including the Mamod steam engines.

The Steiff Story:
Steiff Teddy Bear Collection History

1880  The first Steiff stuffed animals were created - an elephant made of felt, that was intended for use as a pincushion. The elephant was the first soft-filled fabric toy animal and soon became very popular with children, who enjoyed playing with it.
1886  5,170 Steiff elephants were sold and other animals were added to the product range. The family business expanded. Fritz Steiff, Margarete's brother, assumed responsibility for sales.
1892 The first Steiff catalogue was published to give the customers an overview of the products that had been added to the range.

1893 The first trade fair: Steiff felt toys were presented for the first time at the Spring Fair in Leipzig. The company was entered in the commercial register as a toy factory that produced stuffed animals.

1895 The first Steiff foreign business contacts were established with Harrods in London to export Steiff stuffed animals.

1897 Richard Steiff, Margarete's nephew, joined the company.
1902 - the first Steiff bear that was given the designation "55PB" (55 cm tall, sitting, P = plush, B = jointed ["beweglich" in German]). Mohair plush, a new material, was used for the first time to make this unusual Steiff bear.
Clifford Berryman, a well-known American artist, began adding a decorative little bear to all of his Roosevelt caricatures. The popularity of "Teddy" Roosevelt and Berryman's drawings contributed towards making "Teddy's bear" and later the "Teddy bear" world famous.
This heralded the start of the Teddy boom and 3,000 Steiff teddy bears were sold worldwide during the same year. The Steiff Bears would become the main product line.
1904 From November onwards, every Steiff animal leaving the factory had a "Button in Ear". The original button was made of metal, embossed with an elephant. Franz Steiff, another of Margarete's nephews, came up with this idea to distinguish Steiff articles from imitation products. The elephant was later replaced by the name "Steiff". This ingenious idea marked the launch of a world-famous trademark: Steiff "Button in Ear". Production increased to 12,000 Steiff bears.

1905 Richard Steiff revised the fundamental concept to create the basic design still used today.

1907 Steiff manufactured 974,000 Teddy bears. The five nephews of the company founder were appointed as directors of Steiff GmbH and the product spectrum expanded continuously. This was the breakthrough for the world-famous name from Germany.

Ksen (Kosen) Plush
The History

The Kösener (Kosen) Spielzeug GmbH is a traditional toy maker. It was founded as a plush toys doll-making shop by Kathe Kruse in 1911/1912, who managed the company until the end of 1949. After she left, Kosen concentrated on making plush animals cuddly toys. Dolls were not made after 1964. Kosen's close ties to the Art College of Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, resulted in plush toys being designed by artists and designers. Emphasis was placed on the life like appearance, quality workmanship and excellent play value of these lovely hand crafted plush animals.

The Schache family, which has been managing Kosen Plush Toys since 1992, also feels highly devoted to this tradition. Even today all the plush animals are designed and produced in Bad Kosen (Kosen). During the creation of new animals, graduate designers Annekatrin Mehlan and Sunhild Förster each fulfill their own ideas that are as unique as their own signature. The Kosen plush toy artist built on the original tradition and reached new artistic heights, there stunningly life-like creations are all designed by animal artist. All plush toys are made in their workshops in Germany.
The new millennium marked the intergration of the Silke Collection brand of the Kosen portfolio: a wide range of rag dolls and cuddly animals in superior qualities, intended for smaller children, which is now being produced at Kosen, too. The Silke brand will continue in the excellent Kosen tradition, and it ideally complements Kosen's naturalistic toy animals.

All of the Kosen soft toys and plush animals meet the European safety norm EN 71 and can be washed at 30 degrees centigrade.

The Design:
Kosen soft toys are very lifelike, thanks to their multifaceted design process. It is of key importance for a good design that the designers observe the animals in their natural habitat or in the zoo. Based on the drawings they have made, the Kosen designer then makes a clay model of the animal. Patterns are produced in line with these models which are then revised over and over again until such time as the soft toy envisioned by the Kosen artist has been realized.
Top-Quality Material
Many Kosen animals are impressive because of the beautiful pattern of their furs. Kosen has designed the print for several animals. This is a very time consuming process which demands combining careful studies of nature with technological expertise.
Selecting the perfect eye is often very difficult as these are decisive for the facial expression of the animal. Kosen only inserts top quality eyes, some of which are custom products manufactured exclusively for Kosen.
Hand-Crafted Products
The quality of the materials used by Kosen is second to none and very costly to produce. The longer-pile fur fabric is cut out by hand. A particular distinction of Kosen's soft toys is that they are made up of a large number of individual pieces more often than not, over seventy are involved. As the pieces are frequently very small, stitching has to be done very carefully. Many more procedures have to be carried out before the toy is ready: sewing, shaping, combing, embroidering and painting.
Quality is controlled closely at each step in the production process.

Kathe Kruse Dolls

Kathe Kruse (pronounced Katie Kruse) is the oldest German doll maker company that is still existing and working in the traditional way. Each doll maker takes 16 to 36 hours to make a doll. During that time, it will pass through the hands of 8 to 10 craftspeople and artists. It can take up to four years for a doll maker to learn how to paint a doll's face. Each and every doll, piece of doll clothing and (whenever possible) accessory is made by a doll makers hand. Many of the doll's clothes have embroidery, crochet or knitting: all carefully done by hand, not duplicated by machines. Handwork, simplicity of design, integrity, and an aversion to gimmicks and fads are still very much a part of how the dolls are made.
The name Kathe Kruse stands not only for classic dolls but also for unique and fun toys for children; toys from infancy to adolescence. While new and colorful Nicki-Babies, Waldorf Dolls, Fi Fa Fo, plush toys and the funny Ratzfratz belong to the novelties of this year, you can still find the classical Kathe Kruse towel dolls and cuddly toys.
Granny's Place can special order all the doll maker Kathe Kruse dolls, Waldorf Dolls and doll clothes currently available. For information please e-mail us at grannys@grannys.com or call 1 888 549 8697 between 10-2 eastern daylight time.

Each doll's eyes and where necessary the hair is painted by hand. This is why each doll maker creates an individual with its own charm and expression.

Kathe Kruse dolls are made by doll makers to be loved by anyone who loves dolls, children and adults.

The Legend in toys Schuco Cars

The Schuco Company history dates back to 1912 when Schreyer & Co. was founded by Heinrich Muller and Heinrich Schreyer. Schuco was used as a trade name beginning in 1921 but with the production of toy tin cars in the mid 30’s the legend of Schuco was born. A major success of these times was the Turning Car which would not fall off a table, but even more so was the Studio car the Mercedes Silver Arrow.

In 1980 the “new” Schuco history starts. The cars were swallowed up by one of its former competitors. Gama’s interest centered on entering the new tin toy collector market which had become more attractive. Typical examples of the tin toys market were the Racing car and the Old timer’s series which are still part of today’s range of Schuco tin toy cars.

Granny’s carries the entire Classic line of Schuco toy tin cars: Classic tin cars, Classic Garages, Die Studio Family cars, Classic Old Timer’s cars, Classic Toy Tin Kits, and Toy Tin Motor Cycles.

Reutter Porcelain

For more than 50 years Reutter has been manufacturing their porcelain collection. Reutter porcelain miniatures are the only ones of their kind to manufactured in Germany. During their manufacture Reutter porcelain pass through the hands of as many as 17 skilled craftsmen: after casting they are glazed, painted and then fired as many as three times to give them their characteristic Reutter look.
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