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|
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
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.