Body Language Bears

"This bear is new and unique in the teddy bear world, a truly exciting patented design achievement by the House of Nisbet.   The concept was to create an attractive traditional looking bear who could "speak" to his "keeper" in the endless way his body can be posed.   His body pose is his "language", hence the name Body Language Bear.

The Nisbet Body Language Bear has a flexible skeleton throughout his body designed in such a way that his head, body, and limbs can be twisted and bent to form all kinds of poses.   There is a special component in each footaccessible through a button hole on the sole of each foot.   Into this component will fit a lug or pin protruding from a metal stand or base which comes free with every bear.

Three editions of the Body Language Bear are available, each shown in four random poses"

Quote taken from page 5 of the January 1988 "House of Nisbet catalogue

Body Language Bears were introduced in 1987, and came in three versions -

5300 - Body Language Bear 15" - Gold Mohair

5301 - Body Language Bear 15" - Honey Mohair Distressed

5302 - Body Language Bear 15" - Sapphire Plush (which was white!)

These were expensive bears - on their introduction in 1987, 5301 Honey Mohair Distressed was priced at £39.95, however, in 1988, the price had fallen to £29.95.   By comparison, 5302 - Sapphire Plush was £19.95 in 1998, and £24.95 in 1989.

These bears do not appear to have been in production, (and are not mentioned in any paperwork we have access to), after 1989

Image copied from page 5 of the January 1988 "House of Nisbet catalogue

Unfortunately, no Body Language Bears could be persuaded to come for a photoshoot, so we have reproduced a section of page 5 of the January 1988 "House of Nisbet" catalogue, which shows the three family members in a number of poses


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021