Limited Signature Edition LE23

The Wedding of

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco

(Grace Kelly was never issued)

7500 Sets were to have been issued in 1983

Reeves pre-sale publicity flyer for the dolls - The Grace Kelly doll has been stamped "NOT FOR SALE"

Although intended for production, the Grace Kelly doll was withdrawn from the Nisbet range, at the request of Prince Rainier.   

Here is the story behind the never issued wedding set, as told by Jack Wilson.   It has been taken from an article written by Karen B Kurtz, in the American “Doll World” Magazine, in October 1996, and is reproduced below

 A special lot of 17 sets of very rare dolls also captured the attention of auction-goers: wedding models of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace.   Sets brought $30, which was the bargain of the day, as astute dealers and collectors cabbaged onto these never-released dolls.

“The Monaco project actually turned into an embarrassment for Nisbet,” Wilson confided after the auction, retelling the dolls’ incredible provenance.   “After our tremendous success with the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Wedding Set in 1981, we decided to produce a Royal Wedding series.   We had produced 20 sets of the Rainier-Grace dolls when, lo and behold, our New York lawyer received a call from Prince Rainier’s lawyer, requesting us to halt production at whatever cost, to protect his privacy”.  

“What we said to ourselves was that we just couldn’t even afford to get up in the morning against that kind of power, you know”, Wilson said.   “So we had to abort the whole thing.   It was very costly, obviously, but it was the only project in Nisbet’s history that needed to be aborted for lack of permission”

 The article was reporting on Jack and Alison’s February 1996 auction of the Nisbet Archive, and the dolls from Peggy Nisbet’s private collection.   More than 1500 dolls were sold, and raised $50,000.

All of the Grace Kelly dolls were supposed to have been destroyed - but obviously weren't, as they surfaced at the Nisbet auction in February 1996.

The doll in our collection, (and shown below), is Sample no.5.   This suggests that there are at least 24 of these very rare dolls potentially in circulation, besides the one we have.

Prince Rainier had no objections to his own doll being sold, and his model was issued.

  • P/1040 was to have been the Grace Kelly doll
  • P/1041 is Prince Rainier of Monaco

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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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