Bears and Soft Toys
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 http://www.peggy-nisbet-dolls.co.uk/the-dolls/special-collectors-sets-limited-and-signature-editions/le-peter-bull-in-memoriam/ for the Peter Bull "In Memoriam" doll)
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
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.