Limited Edition

Peter Bull - In Memoriam

Limited to 5000 Sets - Issued in 1986

P/1044 Peter Bull – In Memoriam

This is the standard production model of this popular doll.   He is wearing a replica of the famous pullover, on which was knitted an anecdotal review of Peter's life.   Under his arm is his famous teddy bear "Delicatessen", (who went on to have his own career as “Aloysius”, starring in the TV Drama “Brideshead Revisited”).  A closer look at this doll will show that, although the head is a portrait sculpture of Peter Bull',  he is based on the "Henry VIII" mould, and has Henry's arms and feet, too


Peter Cecil Bull, March 1912, London – Died May 1984, London

Peter was the Son of Sir William Bull, who served as the MP for South Hammersmith for 30 years..   He made his stage debut in 1933, aged 21, his first film, (The Silent Voice), a year later.   A Broadway bow followed the next year, and his first Hollywood movie role in “Marie Antoinette”, soon after.   It was while making this film that he met his lifelong friend and fellow Briton, Robert Morley.  

In films, the corpulent Bull was often cast as unpleasant prosecuting barristers, hard-hearted businessmen or officious government men (including the memorable camera-happy Russian ambassador de Sadasky in “Dr. Strangelove”.   On stage, he enjoyed a wider variety of roles, and at one time ran his own repertory company.    Other notable films he had appeared in included “Beau Brummel”,  “The African Queen”, and “Dr Doolittle”.  

His career was put in abeyance for war service, during which he served his country with honour, and  won the Distinguish Service Cross.

Outside of his theatrical work, Bull was well known for his interest in astrology, and even better known for his fascination with teddy bears. He owned perhaps the world's largest and most valuable collection of teddies, and wrote several witty, informative books on the subject.   His interest in Teddy bears led to his forming a close association with the Nisbet factory, and by combining his interests in astrology and bears, he developed the famous “Zodiac Bears” series, for the House of Nisbet.   Peter Bull was the proud owner of the 1907 American Ideal Bear “Delicatessen”, (named for the place Peter found him), who won worldwide acclaim when he starred alongside Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews in the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited.

Peter Bull died following heart surgery in May, 1984.   He was 72.


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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