Nisbet London Gold Bears

(Part of the "Nisbet Childhood Classics" range)

Nisbet London Gold Bears were, (together with the Nutmeg Bears), the very first bears produced by Peggy Nisbet Ltd, and were introduced in 1977.

There were six members of this family, and the majority of them were in production from 1977 to 1983 or 1984, when they were no longer listed in the catalogues.

They were re-issued in 1989, and in 1990, they were given a Dakin catalogue number. after 1990, we can no longer find them listed in any catalogues, and must assume that they went out of production.   The table below carries all the key facts for these bears :

Number Size Introduced Discontinued Dakin No (1990)
5004 10 inch  1977 / re-issued 1989 1990 / 1991 85-0040 
5005 12 inch 1977 / re-issued 1989 1990 / 1991 85-0050
5006 16 inch 1977 / re-issued 1989  1990 / 1991 85-0060 
5007 20 inch 1977 / re-issued 1989  1990 / 1991 85-0070 
5008   5 inch 1979 1979 / 1980   
5014* 10 inch 1986 only 1987  Limited Edition
*This Limited Edition London Gold bear had a blue bag with "Happy Birthday" written on it, to celebrate Nisbet's 10th anniversary of bearmaking


Feb 15 2014 update :

Prompted by a question from Christine S, we researched these bears a bit further, and discovered that from 1981 onwards, these bears were issued with white bibs, rather than the multi-coloured ribbon bows.   (See the "Nutmeg" bears page for a picture of Christine's son's (5002) 16" Nutmeg Bear, who was bought on his birth - and is a much loved family member, as every teddy should be!)

Below is a picture of our 5001 - 12" London Gold bear of 1981 vintage

1981 vintage, with bib instead of multi-coloured ribbon bow!
Image taken from the Silver Jubilee Reference Book 1977
Image taken from the House of Nisbet Catalogue 1986

Illustration (above) showing the 10th Anniversary Limited Edition London Gold and Nutmeg Bears

Jackie C's Bears - New Gallery added 25/10/2014

Our grateful thanks to Jackie C, who sent in the beautiful pictures you can see in the gallery above, showing her Peggy Nisbet "Childhood Classics" bears.   What makes these bears special is that they were manufactured in 1977, and were among the very first bears ever produced by Peggy Nisbet.   This is shown by the labels sewn to the bears' feet, as in 1978, the company name changed to the "House of Nisbet", and the label design changed to the more familiar version seen on the foot of our "5005 -London Gold bear", shown at the very top of this page.   


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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