Limited Signature Edition

B/377 - Bozo the Clown

(© Larry Harmon Pictures Corp, 1984)

Limited to 1000 Sets - Issued in 1984

Bozo the Clown

The doll shown here is Prototype no 1.

The first 1000 dolls produced comprised a Signature Edition.   Each such doll had a Limited edition sew-in label, (see below), and included a Certificate of Authenticity

Although in one sense this doll was a “Portrait” model, it was drawn from the “B” (British Traditional / British Pageant) series.   After 1984, Bozo was still available, but was no longer a Signature Edition doll.

Bozo the Clown started life as a character in a series of book and record sets intended to help children learn to read.   This highly innovative idea led to the clown having his first TV appearance in 1949.

In 1956, Larry Harmon, (one of a number of actors who had played Bozo in various locations and venues), along with several partners, bought most of the rights to the character.

Harmon franchised Bozo, so that TV stations across America could all have their own local “Bozo”, starring in their own shows.   Bozo also starred in comic books and cartoons.

The last ever televised episode, titled "Bozo: 40 Years of Fun!", was shown on WGN TV (Chicago, USA), as a prime-time special on July 14, 2001.

The term “Bozo” was an American slang expression for someone with no brains – Its use preceded the arrival of the clown, and was undoubtedly popularized by him

Cuff detail
Signature Edition Label (back)
Signature Edition Label (front)


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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