My poor Steiff elephant has been sent to a hospital...a hospital for Steiff toys, that is.
She arrived from the Netherlands with her chest ripped open, her growler removed and gutted, and her right leg torn asunder. Considering she's a vintage Steiff Jumbo Elephant made in the 1950s-1960s with the trademark Steiff button in her ear, I just about had a heart attack when I opened the box and discovered she'd been assaulted.
But she's in good hands now. I've sent her to expert Steiff repairperson Martha Anderson at Mar-ke Teddy Bear Repair in Virginia. http://teddybearrepair.com/
Martha has performed many impressive restorations and repairs on antique and vintage Steiff animals including an 8-foot tall Steiff giraffe belonging to a library in Massachuesetts. She's been written up in Teddy Bear Magazine and other publications.
What a wonderful job--repairing beloved toys so that they can continue to bring joy to their owners for many years to come.