The Steiff white bears are very desirable and this one is in mint condition. He is 12 inches long and is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. He has a light brown nose, glass eyes and light brown threading between his toes. I was told by a very knowledgeable bear collector that these "blank" buttons are typically issued when there are surplus stock from a particular edition and are usually available from the Geingen Museum in Germany or perhaps a company in Pennsylvania. The collector also said it looks to be the 2000 Millennium bear. Thank you, Susan, for this information. What a beautiful collector's bear!
12 In. Steiff BLANK Button, Chest Tax, " Original " White Bear, Mint Condition, Made in Germany