Beatrix Potter Characters

The Beatrix Potter soft toys were issued as part of the "Nisbet Childhood Classics" series, and first appeared in the 1977 Silver Jubilee Collectors Reference book. 

Character   Regular (15")   Miniature (8")
Peter Rabbit   5200   5350
Tom Kitten   5204   5351
Jemima Puddleduck   5205   5352
Foxy Gentleman   5206   5353
Lady Mouse   5207   5354
Mrs Tiggywinkle   5208   5355
Benjamin Bunny   5210   5358
Mrs Ribby   5211   5356
Mrs Tittlemouse   5212   5357
 
They were manufactured "Under exclusive Licence © Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd"

Shown below are two of the "Regular" (15 inch) (red background),

and six of the nine "Miniature" (8 inch) (blue background) characters  

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Beatrix Potter

Beatrix aged 15, with her Springer Spaniel, Spot (Picture from Wikipedia Commons)

Born Helen Beatrix Potter, on 28th July 1866, she became one of our best known and best loved authors of children’s books, most famously, “The Story of Peter Rabbit”

Beatrix was born into a privileged and wealthy household, but was educated by a succession of governesses, and grew up isolated from other children – in fact, although she had a brother, Bertram, he was rarely at home, being educated at Boarding School.

She had numerous pets, and developed a deep love of both flora and fauna.   Family holidays in both the Lake District and Scotland gave her a love of landscape.   (She became particularly fond of the Lake District, and eventually died there).   Her close observations of her many pets and the landscapes she loved led to an interest in painting, at which she excelled.

Despite intellectual development being discouraged by her parents, her study and paintings of fungi led to her gaining wide respect in the field of mycology.   In her thirties, Beatrix published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”,   and the success of the book led to a career as an author.   The financial independence this gave Beatrix allowed her to break away from her family, and she went to live in her beloved Lake District.   Her wealth allowed her to buy many farms, and to preserve and protect them from developers, (even a problem in those days!).   Her eventual marriage to local solicitor William Heelis is a love story beautifully told in the 2006 film “Miss Potter”, starring Reneé Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, and Lloyd Owen.   Beatrix died on 22nd December 1943, aged 77, near Sawrey, in her beloved Lake District

News

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, (www.fdqmedia.com), 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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