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.


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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