Bears and Soft Toys

The Bears

The very first Nisbet Teddy Bear was announced in the September 1976 "Tower Treasures" leaflet by Alison Nisbet, and was available in two colour choices - Nutmeg Brown or London Gold, and in 10, 12, 16, and 20 inch versions.

In later years, the House of Nisbet would enter into a number of collaborations - including one with Peter Bull, the much loved British actor and Arctophile, and a host of other well known teddy bear designers, too.   These would increase the variety of bears eventually produced by the company to over 80 different characters!

(Collectors might also want to see for the Peter Bull "In Memoriam" doll)

Image taken from Page 3 of the Dakin Nisbet Catalogue 1990

Most Nisbet Bears can be easily distinguished by their foot label, (which is sewn onto the sole of the left pad), and the sewn in tag, (usually on the left side), which may carry such information as the model number, and the Limited Edition number 

Soft Toys

As far as our records allow us to ascertain, soft toys were first introduced into the Nisbet range in 1970 or 1971.   We don't have access to a 1970 catalogue, (and don't know if one was published), but by 1971, 25 characters, (a mixture of rag dolls and soft toys), was listed in the catalogue.   They included "Bedtime Comforters for small children", "Souvenir Rag Dolls", "Large Rag Dolls", BBC TV "Watch with Mother" Characters, ("The Herbs" and "Pogles Wood"), and "Dick Bruna Characters".   By 1976, a range of delightful characters from the world of Beatrix Potter were in production, made under license from Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.


31st October 2015

New updates added - We have added a new page on the Isle of Wight dolls, which were produced for the Liliput doll Museum, on the Isle of Wight.   These dolls have mystified us for some time, but an opportunity to do some research through the archives, an email from Graham Munday, (owner of the Lilliput Doll Museum), and an email chat with author and Shallowpool Dolls expert sue Brewer, have allowed a partial reconstruction of their fascinating story.   There are still some gaps in our knowledge, so if you can fill in any of the missing details for us, please do get in touch!

19th September 2015

New updates added - Our thanks to correspondent David H, who has sent us two interesting pictures - The first is of a very rare Nisbet First Doll.   This is the doll that started Peggy Nisbet's dollmaking career, and you can read all about her on this page : dolls/special-collectors-sets-limited-and-signature-editions/SCE-P1953 Replica Edition of the First Nisbet Doll.  David's picture of his original first Nisbet is shown below the article on the replica doll, and below that, is shown a unique 18" porcelain doll that also shows the Queen in Coronation robes, and was used in displays and exhibitions.   This doll is also shown in the book, "The Peggy Nisbet Story".  Other updates added today are the BOAC and BEA dolls, Madam Tussaud Dolls, Wax Dolls, and a Porcelain statuette issued as a tribute to Peter Bull, which is shown under Dolls/Porcelain Dolls/Irish Dresden - Tribute to the Late Peter Bull

12th September 2015

New updates added - Apologies to all our visitors for the long delay in adding some updates and new information - we hope that the items listed below will be of interest!   Many kind thanks to numerous correspondents, for their kind offers of pictues and other information, to fill in the gaps in various galleries :  To Barbara T, for her stunning pictures of H/214 - Queen Elizabeth I, wearing a rubber crown.   Pictures appear in Historical Gallery 1, and in "Know your Nisbets/Headgear/Crowns".   Frank T sent two excellent pictures of Vera Evelyn Samuel, and you can see the pictures and read all about her here - "Porcelain Dolls/Doulton Nisbet".   Penny D has sent in some pictures of her magnificent early P/618 - Robbie Burns - See him in Portrait Dolls Gallery 1.   We have used another of Keith P's pictures in a new gallery just added - "Know your Nisbet/Body shape and pose".   Finally, we have added a new page on Walt Disney dolls, which may come as something of a surprise to many collectors, as the dolls are not typically Nisbet in appearance!


3rd January 2015


Exciting New updates added for 2015 - Correspondent Michael A contacted us last year to ask about his mother's "Beatles" Nisbet dolls - Collectors of long standing may have heard of this almost legendary set of dolls - Thanks to Michael, you can now learn all about them here : /dolls/the-dolls-that-never-were/the-beatles/   

A recent contact from author Ian Price, who writes for the "Fashion Dolls Quarterly" magazine, (, enquired about Nisbet's Christmas themed dolls - We were delighted to assist his researches in compiling this article on Peggy Nisbet's "Legends of Christmas" dolls.   Ian has very kindly allowed us to make a copy of this article available for download - Please go to the Downloads/Miscellaneous/ page, and click on the link to "Styling Santa", by Ian Price, to see the article.



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