Porcelain Dolls

Doulton Nisbet

7604 Vera Evelyn Samuel

Vera was issued as part of the "Kate Greenaway Dolls" range, in January 1986.   She was an expensive doll, and the collector would have paid £50 to be able to add her to their collection.   This was a large amount of money, back in 1986, but despite the cost, records show that 5000 dolls were made for sale to collectors worldwide.

The pictures of the fine example shown here appears courtesy of Frank T, who inherited the doll when his mother sadly passed away.   The first picture is particularly interesting, as it shows both the design of the box, (which was made to look like an old-fashioned bow fronted shop window, complete with bullseye glass), and because it includes the numbered collectors' limited edition certificate.

Thank you for filling a gap in the gallery, and for providing additional information about this series of dolls, Frank - and for increasing the knowledge of collectors everywhere!

(Added September 2015)

7621 Diana, Princess of Wales

Issued in 1983 by Alison Nisbet as a Limited Edition of 3500, this stunning doll features a sculpted bone china head and hands, and the detail even includes a painted gold wedding ring on her left hand.  

Her dress is a faithful representation of the Emmanuels’ ivory silk taffeta design, and is edged with Honiton lace.   The veil is held by a band of diamante crystals, and even the bouquet is a detailed replica of the original carried by Diana on her Wedding Day.

7637 Sarah Ferguson

When this stunning doll went on sale in late 1986, she cost the princely sum of £69.99 – but one look at the detailed modelling of every part of her construction shows that she was worth every penny!

Her bone china head and hands show a much more animated and vibrant character than Diana’s doll, and many will see this as thoroughly in keeping with Sarah’s nature.

Her dress and accessories, like those of the previous model, are made with great attention to detail - including the train of her dress - which is adorned with a diamante “A” and anchor, in honour of her husband, Prince Andrew.

7640 Victorian Lady

The Victorian Lady is a design created by Alison Nisbet, and I suspect that she took some of her inspiration for this doll, (at least in part), from the charming Kate Greenaway illustrations.

She has a Doulton Nisbet bone china head and hands, mounted on a stuffed calico body, made and dressed by the skilled Nisbet needlewomen and seamstresses.

This model was introduced in 1988, and sold for £29.95 

7641 Edwardian Lady

This doll is another Alison Nisbet creation, based on the Doulton Nisbet bone china head and hands seen in so many other Nisbet dolls.

Like the previous model, she was introduced in 1988, and sold for £29.95


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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