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


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021