Doulton Nisbet Dolls

Transformation Dolls

7630 as Cinders
7630 as Cinderella

Transformation Dolls are very unusual, because they are really two dolls in one.   They have no lower body, legs, or feet, because under the dress is another head, upper body and arms - the doll's alter ego.   Peggy Nisbet made two of these highly collectible dolls, with Cinders / Cinderella (above) being the first.

The top picture shows a poor and downtrodden Cinders, dressed in plain and dowdy old clothes.   Her face is sad and wistful.   Turn her upside down to complete the transformation of Cinders into the glamourous Cinderella, with white powdered hair, happy and radiant face, and stunning fairytale dress.

This unique model, first available in 1986, was limited to an issue quantity of only 1500 dolls worldwide, and sold for an astonishing £125.00!

7638 as Eliza Doolittle
7638 as My Fair Lady

The two pictures above show the House of Nisbet's second, (and sadly, last), transformation doll.   This time, the subject of the transformation process is the Cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, from the George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion.

The first picture shows the lovely, but poor-as-a-churchmouse Eliza, and when turned upside down, reveals the result of Professor Higgins' elocution lessons.

The second picture shows the mysterious (and obviously high born) noble lady, with the cut glass aristocratic accent!

This model was first available in 1988, and was also limited to an issue quantity of only 1500 dolls worldwide.   Unlike her sister doll, she sold for a much more reasonable £39.95!


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, (, 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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