Rare Early (pre Manni) Tiny Steiff Begging Bunny Rabbit Hase All ID - image 1 of 7

This wonderful tiny bunny joins several relatives, including his big brother, already in my shop. While I had to guess as to which size the bigger guy is (I believe 28 cm), there is no question that this boy is the smallest size of the six that were made, 10 centimeters. Of course, I would know that just by looking at him, but, in fact, the “10” in his article number, 4310, tells me that. You may not be able to make out the number from my picture, but I think you would be able to in person, now that I have told you what to look for. Even if you can’t make out the specific four digits, you can tell that there are only four because of the empty space on either side of the number. Later series of this guy had a comma followed by two zeros after the first zero.

Not only is Hase’s flag faded, it is (or was) terribly frayed and torn away from his button when he arrived with barely any substance for his button to grab onto. Although you can see how I solved this problem if you look closely at Hase’s left ear, from a display distance, you would not see my numerous small yellow stitches anchoring his flag directly to his ear.

This model of the begging rabbit was made between 1950 and 1958, although, to be more precise, THIS particular rabbit was born in 1953 or later, since he does have a (generic) chest tag while earlier bunnies with the same article number had no chest tags. Later, similar begging relatives were named “Manni,” and that name was printed on their chest tags. Like the predecessors of his named, but younger, cousins, Sonny and Hoppy, as well as his big brother, this cutie was referred to just as “HASE” (for “hare”). He was REFERRED to but not NAMED “Hase.”

As I said, the “10” in Hase’s article number, 4310, signifies his size in centimeters, and that number is determined by his measurement to the top of his cute swivel head. He is even tinier than that, measuring 9 cm, or about 3 1/2 inches high. He is about 4 3/4 inches high to the tips of his ears, so he will need a vertical display area a bit higher than that; 6 inches would be fine.

I don’t know about Hase’s personal history, although he appears not to have led an easy life, at least as far as his IDs go. His flag seems to be just the victim of age and handling, but his chest tag is a real mystery.

In addition to being creased (although not that badly so and reinforced by my cardboard backing) and missing the tiny top piece of yellow paper covering the bear’s chin, his chest tag has the weirdest problem, one I have never seen before. There is a hole punched right in the middle of the tag. It obliterates part of the “t” and all of the “ei.” That hole must have been an indication of something special about Hase; maybe he was on an end-of the-day sale at a flea market. I find even that scenario hard to believe, since even a casual flea market vendor would know of the value of a Steiff animal’s intact IDs! Because of the shadow created by the bell, I don’t think the hole will look so bad on display, but I am absolutely mystified!

Other than his IDs, Hase is in fairly nice condition. He has a smattering of teeny/tiny holes, which look like a moth may have changed his mind. Those “dots” really don’t contribute much detraction to Hase’s appeal on display.

Hase’s coloring is also very nice, both his main colors of brown and white and his black accents. The tips of the backs of his ears and the mark above his cute bunny tail are probably close to the black color they were almost 70 years ago when Hase left Giengen. The white felt insides of his ears have not darkened much, and they still have a bit of rose-colored airbrushing. There is also a tiny dab of the same rose color accentuating his red floss X-shaped nose and mouth.

Hase’s mohair is generally full, with some wear along some of his seams. He has his complete set of whiskers—4 on each side of his nose, and he is wearing his original ribbon. Although the ribbon has a touch of fraying, it does not appear to be faded, and it is still tacked to his back. Attached to both that ribbon and his chest tag, Hase retains his original bell; it still tinkles by means of its tiny pebble clapper.

I can’t think of anything else to tell you, but please write if you have a question. I believe Hase is a very nice example of this rare bunny, one which any Steiff rabbit fan would be happy to own (or to receive as a gift).

WHATEVER YOU DECIDE TO DO ABOUT HASE OR ANY OF MY OTHER STEIFF ITEMS, PLEASE BE SURE TO SEE THE ARTICLE I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT STEIFF ID FRAUD—INCLUDING COUNTERFEIT CHEST TAGS—(AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR COLLECTORS). YOU WILL FIND THE LINK ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF MY SHOP HOME PAGE UNDER “FAVORITE LINKS.” IF YOU HAVE NOT LOOKED AT IT RECENTLY, I UPDATED AND EXPANDED IT IN DECEMBER, 2022.


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ITEM ID
rl-2861
COLOR
Black, Brown, White
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
FINE PLUSH AGE
Post 1950

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