British Pageant / British Traditional

(B and BR Series)

We start this section with an admission of failure!

Our initial intention was to list these two categories separately, as they appear in the book "The Peggy Nisbet Story".   But as we started to photograph our own collection, and to analyse the paperwork we have, it became clear that the numbering and cast of characters of both series had become duplicated, (or even, dare we say it, muddled and confused!)

The "British Pageant" and "British Traditional" series are hard plastic (Styrene) bodied dolls, who share the faces, bodies, and production values of their "Historical" cousins.   Both ranges of dolls were dressed in costumes representative of characters considered to be traditionally "British", (that is, from the British Isles).   (Interestingly, our researches show that amongst the ranks of the "British Traditionals" were listed, (in "The Peggy Nisbet Story, no less!) BR/385 - Southern Belle, and her companion, BR/386 - Colonel in the Confederate Army, so the "British" limits were obviously a bit flexible!).

The difficulty for many Nisbet collectors, (as we have already said), is that the "British Traditional", "British Pageant", (and to a lesser extent, the much smaller "Budget" range), each have a similar cast of players that often overlap, so sorting out who is who, and what group they belong to, (especially if tags are missing), can be a challenge!   As we have seen, even Peggy Nisbet allowed the distinctions between these ranges to become blurred, so there are difficulties ahead!

Shown below are two (incomplete) galleries - The first shows the "British Pageant" (B/Series), and below it is the "British Traditional" (BR/Series) gallery.   The galleries contain a number of characters who are identical in every aspect except catalogue number - (see B/BR 304 Lavender Girl, B/BR 314 Pearly King, and B/BR 315 Pearly Queen).

Our quest to bring some sort of order to this confusion has only just begun, so please do look back from time to time, to see how we are doing!   Even better, if you can help fill in the gaps with pictures of your dolls, please do get in touch!

Update : 25th October 2014 -

Our grateful thanks to Janet and Athol L, for supplying a beautiful picture of their 1967 vintage BR/307 - Turnips and Carrots Ho!   This doll was one of the "Cries of London" series, (issued as part of the "BR/" range), and inspired by some early prints of London street vendors

"British Pageant" (B/) Series

In this section, we will concentrate on providing pictures of members of the "British Pageant" (B/) series, which our researches suggest had between 50 and 55 characters. 

The listing below is in series number order - not all dolls in the series may be represented, but any gaps will be filled when we can find a decent photograph! If you can help fill the gaps, please email us!

Please Note :

Some doll numbers may appear more than once in this listing - This is because there are costume variations we wanted to show

"British Traditional" (BR/) Series

In this section, we will concentrate on providing pictures of members of the "British Traditional" (BR/) series, which our researches suggest had between 90 and 100 characters. 

The listing below is in series number order - not all dolls in the series may be represented, but any gaps will be filled when we can find a decent photograph! If you can help fill the gaps, please email us!

Please Note :

Some doll numbers may appear more than once in this listing - This is because there are costume variations we wanted to show



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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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