Nisbet Nutmeg Bears

(Part of the "Nisbet Childhood Classics" range)

Nisbet Nutmeg Bears were, (together with the London Gold 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, after which time, 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 Notes
5000 10 inch  1977 / re-issued 1989 1990 / 1991  
5001 12 inch 1977 / re-issued 1989 1990 / 1991  
5002 16 inch 1977 / re-issued 1989  1990 / 1991  
5003 20 inch 1977 / re-issued 1989  1990 / 1991  
5009   5 inch 1979 1979 / 1980   
5010* 10 inch 1986 only 1987  Limited Edition
*This Limited Edition Nutmeg bear had a red bag with "Happy Anniversary" 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.   We are indebted to Christine for supplying a picture of her son's (5002) 16" Nutmeg Bear, who was bought for her son's birth - and is a much loved family member, as every teddy should be - (Arthur still misses his "Woppit", whose hair never did grow back from a crewcut back in 1955!)   (And now Arthur's bald, too, so he knows how cold it must have been for poor Woppit!)

Chris's lovely picture of her bear is now included on this page - (See image below) - Thank you, Chris!

Picture supplied by Chris S, showing her son's Nutmeg bear, purchased in 1981
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


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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