House of Nisbet
Peggy Nisbet Limited was founded,
by the owner Peggy Nisbet, in Weston-Super-Mare, England.
Peggy specialised in making dolls.
|| Jack Wilson's Canadian Investment Company
acquired control of Peggy Nisbet Ltd. Jack Wilson became Chairman.
||The name was changed to House of Nisbet Ltd and the first
range of teddy bears was introduced. They were designed by
Alison Nisbet (Peggy's daughter).
Based in Winscombe, Avon, England.
||The Bully series of books and then the bears were produced
||10th Anniversary of House of Nisbet celebrated with two limited
edition teddy bears
||Jack Wilson helped invent a process to produce
distressed mohair using an old velvet crushing machine
||Dakin acquired shares. David Potter, from Dakin, became
new Managing Director. Jack Wilson, now living in Florida USA,
became director and honorary Chairman.
of Nisbet Teddy Bears
House of Nisbet bears are becoming collectable and we have
received a number of enquiries regarding their teddy bears - hence
this entry in our encyclopaedia.
House of Nisbet produced a range of traditional golden teddy
bears, called the Childhood Classics range, which
were designed by Alison Nisbet. The company is also known for it's
limited edition bears the most famous being Delicatessen (known
to many as Aloysius after his role in the
BBC's Brideshead Revisited series), a replica produced in 1987
to celebrate the 80th birthday of Peter Bull's original 1907 Delicatessen
bear. Delicatessen was made from the distressed mohair that the
company had invented, had fake patches to his fur and wore a check
The company is also known for it's range of Bully bears:
there was Young Bully, Bully Minor,
Captain Bully, Harrods Bully, Tribute Bully (made just
after Peter Bull died) and Woolly
- In 1980's an embroidered label was stitched on the
left foot pad. It is white with two gold teddies embroidered,
they appear to hold a shield bearing the letters "NCC" for Nisbet
Childhood Classics, between them
- A printed label, with a white background and that same
emblem, is stitched into the left side seam
- Limited Edition bears carry a card swing tag, bearing the company
emblem, on their wrist
- Bully bears were based on Delicatessen so have antique features
i.e. humped back, protruding muzzle and long limbs