Bully Bears

Bully Bear was named after his mentor, the late Peter Bull, who was the legendary father figure of the world-wide teddy bear fraternity.   The House of Nisbet first became associated with Peter Bull in 1979, and within a short time, were working together to design a new bear that would combine all the old-fashioned essentials (viz: a hump, prominent snout, and embroidered paws and pads), with a slightly mischevious look.   Bully was partly modelled on Aloysius, so collectors might notice a slight similarity

A Listing of Peter Bull's "Bully Bear" characters

Nisbet No. Dakin No. Name Size
5026   Bully Bear 18"
5027    Young Bully 12"
5028    Bully Minor 9"
5035  85-0350  Young Bully Bear  13"
5036 85-0360 Bully Minor 8.5"
5037 85-0370 Wooly Bully Bear 13"
5038   Peter Bull's Bully Bear - New Model - Large  18"
5039   Peter Bull's Bully Bear - New Model - Medium   13"
5040   Peter Bull's Bully Bear - New Model - Small   9"
5050   Captain Bully 15"
5052   Bully Bear goes to Harrods 15"
5130 85-1300 Tribute Bully Bear (wearing Peter Bull Pullover) 15"
    UFDC Tribute Bully (in Peter Bull Pullover) 8.5"

Please note that when Dakin took over the House of Nisbet in 1990, many models ceased production; those that remained in the Dakin catalogue were given new "85-" series numbers (see table above)


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