Doulton Nisbet Dolls
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!
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!