Madame Tussaud Dolls

"The Pageant of History"

Image taken from page 12 of the 1990 Nisbet Dakin Catalogue

Madame Tussaud is known internationally as the world's foremost wax museum, and has always been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Great Britain, (and numerous other places round the world).

In 1990, the House of Nisbet, (by now owned by Dakin), announced on pages 12 and 13 of their catalogue, the introduction of a new range of dolls - "Madame Tussaud's Pageant of History".

The characters in the series were all represented in Madame Tussaud's "Pageant of History" exhibition; the dolls were available internationally, and were also offered for sale at Madame Tussaud's wax museum, in London.

The series comprised 15 dolls :

85-6050 Madame Tussaud 85-6130 Queen Elizabeth I
85-6060 King Henry VIII 85-6140 William Shakespeare
85-6070 Anne Boleyn 85-6150 Mary, Queen of Scots
85-6080 Catherine of Aragon 85-6160 Queen Victoria
85-6090 Jane Seymour 85-6170 King Louis XIV
85-6100 Anne of Cleves 85-6180 Marie Antoinette
85-6110 Catherine Howard 85-6190 Sir Winston Churchill
85-6120 Catherine Parr    

All of the characters in the series were very familiar to Nisbet collectors - the difference being that they were wearing costumes made to be as close as possible to their Tussaud wax counterparts, on display in the "Pageant of History" exhibition

Please note that for the sake of completeness, (and as a temporary measure), we have included low resolution photographs of King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette in the gallery.  

We have also included scans of the two members of this group we still have to photograph.   They are Queen Victoria, and Sir Winston Churchill.   The scanned images have been taken from page 13 of the Nisbet Dakin catalogue

The doll pictures will auto run as a slide show in the window above.

Press F5 (function key 5 on your keyboard), to re-start the slide shows.

Alternatively, you may control the slideshow manually – follow the steps below :

  • Place the cursor at the bottom of the window to access thumbnail and navigation control bar
  • Click on the “?” (question mark) symbol (bottom left hand side of the control bar) for a detailed explanation of the controls
  • See a full screen slideshow by clicking on the “Square with Arrow” symbol (2nd from right on the control bar)
  • Use the keyboard arrow keys to move forward and back through the slideshow, as desired
  • Use the “ESC” key to leave full screen mode


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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