Porcelain Dolls

The Hamilton "Royal Princesses" Collection

The “Hamilton Collection” dolls were sculpted by John Bromley, (who later went on to work for Royal Doulton), and dressed by Peggy Nisbet’s expert craftswomen.   They were produced exclusively for the Hamilton Collection, were never sold under the Nisbet label, and because of this, many Nisbet collectors may never have been aware that they existed!   The full series comprised six dolls – sadly, only three could be found and photographed, at present.   Each doll was made as a tribute to a real Princess, who was depicted as a young pre-teen.

Each doll was "inspired by a painting of one of Europe's most famous Princesses, and offered in a worldwide limited edition of 9,800 exclusively through The Hamilton Collection".   Each doll came with a Certificate of Authenticity, a card with the photograph of the doll on one side, and her biography on the other.   Also included was a card giving instructions for the care of the doll.

Princess Victoria

Princess Victoria was the first doll to be issued as part of the “Royal Princesses” doll collection.   She is intended to represent the young Princess, as she might have appeared as a nine or ten year old child.  Dressed in rich deep red velvet, with a scarlet silk underskirt, her ribboned hat adorned with snowy white plumes, she is a fine example of the work produced by the House of Nisbet.   Sadly, she is missing her white feather boa.

Unfortunately, we do not have Victoria's biography card, so her exact identity remains a mystery - Was she the Victoria who later became the Queen of England?

Princess Margarita

Princess Margarita was the second doll to be issued in the "Hamilton Princesses" series.   We are fortunate to have her biography card - see below for details of the Princess this lovely doll was based on   

Princess Catherine

We had previously (and erroneously) identified this doll as "Princess Luisa", but thanks to friend and fellow collector Alice J, we now have her correctly identified as Princess Catherine, the third doll to be issued in this series.

Alice has kindly supplied a copy of her own Catherine's Certificate of Authenticity, which we reproduce below

Example of a certificate of Authenticity for the Princess Catherine doll

Princess Christina has no biography card or Certificate of Authority, so it has not been possible to say with any degree of certainty exactly which Princess Christina she represents, or if she was the 4th, 5th, or 6th doll in the series.   Her costume suggests that she was a child of the mid 17th Century.  

Princess Marie Therese

Princess Marie Therese brings our picture total to 5 of the 6 princesses.   Unfortunately, as with Princess Christina, she has no biography card or Certificate of Authority, so it has not been possible to say with any degree of certainty exactly which Princess Christina she represents, or if she was the 4th, 5th, or 6th doll in the series.


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