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!


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