Limited Edition

85-6520 Laurel and Hardy

Issue quantity unknown - Issued in 1990

Picture taken from "Diane Jones International" Catalogue 1977, Page 12

The 100th Anniversary set of Larry Harmon’s “Laurel and Hardy” dolls were issued as a limited Edition by Dakin, soon after they had taken over the Nisbet business.  

When they sold it on in 1991, the new owners, Diane Jones International, continued to supply a range of the Nisbet dolls, made to the same exacting standards laid down by Peggy Nisbet in the early 1950’s.   This Laurel and Hardy set is identical to the Dakin Limited Edition, but were not supplied with the Certificate.  

Diane Jones International closed down when the owners retired in 1999

Knowledgeable collectors will know that Nisbet produced two other variations of the duo –

P/756 Stan Laurel and P/757 Oliver Hardy in “The Music Box” in 1977, (blue dungarees), and

P/768 Stan Laurel and P/769 Oliver Hardy in “Swiss Miss”, in 1983 (Lederhosen)


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