Special Collectors Sets, Limited Editions and Signature Editions

Special Collectors Sets

These sets, comprising from one to six dolls, were issued to commemorate special or historic events or individuals, and were aimed at the more dedicated (and affluent!) collector.   The sets were issued in limited numbers, and were only made during their year of introduction.   They were usually only made available to members of the “Peggy Nisbet Doll Collectors Club”.   Even more than was usual with all Nisbet dolls, they were typified by an outstanding attention to costume detail, the use of high quality fabrics, and first-class workmanship.   In the early days the dolls in the Special Collectors Sets were taken from the Historical Series

Limited Editions

From Special Collectors Set no.7 - "The Sun King", the dolls began to have their own series of numbers - the LE series.   The first LE doll was LE/50 King Louis XIV, "The Sun King"

Not every doll in the Limited Edition series was numbered - "The Investiture of the Prince of Wales", and the "King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn" are examples

At least one Limited Edition doll, "LE/87 - The Lord Mayor of London - Senior Robes" later appeared in slightly modified form as B313 - The Lord Mayor of London

Signature Editions

Signature Editions were distinguished by a small sewn-in tag that was signed by Peggy Nisbet, or her daughter, Alison Nisbet.

Signature Editions were usually commemorative in nature, and issued to mark an event or occasion of note

In conclusion -

Within this listing, you will see dolls that never made it past the prototype stage, as was the case with Doris Day and Vera Lynn.  

You will also see a set that was withdrawn before being placed on sale – (This was the Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco Wedding Set).  

Another Limited Edition set, (Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn), was quietly placed on sale for dedicated collectors, without any formal announcements being made as to its launch. 

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the complete Special Collectors Sets, Limited Editions, and Signature Editions Doll Collection has been listed in any readily accessible form.   Life being what it is, we are certain that some Nisbet collectors out there will question the inclusion of certain dolls in this listing, or point out others that they feel should also have been included, but aren’t!  

We have tried to remain true to the core aim of this section, by only including those dolls that were officially described in the Nisbet literature as Special, Limited, or Signature Editions.   

One thing remained unchanged - whatever series the “Specials” “Limited” and “Signature” editions were drawn from, they all retained the traditional Nisbet attributes of very high quality, and fine attention to detail


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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