Limited Signature Edition 21

Birth of a Royal Baby Boy

Limited to 5000 sets - Issued in 1982

This depiction of the Prince of Wales is based upon how Alison Nisbet imagined he might dress, to welcome his wife and firstborn son, Prince William, back to Buckingham Palace

The Princess Diana doll has a more traditional (for Nisbet) mohair wig - (see Limited Signature Edition 19 for Diana with a moulded plastic wig).   

The Royal Baby, Prince William, was sold with his mother, and the two shared a catalogue number, but were distinguished by the addition of a letter "a" for Diana, and "b" for Prince William

The complete set consisted of the following three dolls :

  • P/1007   - H R H Prince Charles (Royal Birth Model)
  • P/1008a - H R H Princess of Wales (Royal Birth Model)
  • P/1008b - The Royal Baby (Royal Birth Model

The boxed set of three dolls came with a single certificate

 The slideshow below displays the entire "Royal Birth" doll collection

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Paul's photo of the two sets compared

Correspondent Paul L and his sister both purchased the LE.21 "Birth of a Royal Baby Boy" set, some years ago.   They noticed, when the sets were compared recently, that there were differences, and wondered if both dolls were genuine.   Here is our response to Paul's question :

Although described as a "Limited Edition", 5000 sets of dolls was a large production run, and although all broadly similar, dolls from various points through the life of the production run could show some costume variances - as seen in a comparison of Paul's dolls with his sister's set.   It's quite likely that if the lace used for Diana's collar ran out, the pearls were substituted, in order to allow completion of the batch - and this same reason might have required an alteration to the neckline of the dress, too.

Diana's short "bob" hairstyle caused a lot of problems to the House of Nisbet, as it is not so easy to make a short mohair wig that looks right - and certainly not quickly, in a high output production situation - so they experimented with the moulded plastic "helmet" wig, (as seen on Paul's doll).   This was the cause of a lot of controversy here in the UK, and the wig did not find universal approval.

So both dolls are the "real thing", and show the sort of variation that occurs from time to time.   Many collectors wouldn't be aware of any variations, (only having the one doll to look at), so Paul's two sets reunited tell a very interesting story.   

Thank you, Paul!


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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