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


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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