Limited Signature Edition

LE25 - Royal Tour

Attending a "Klondike" party at Fort Edmonton, Canada

Please see important additional information at the bottom of this page

Limited to 2000 Sets - Issued in 1985

Taken from the House of Nisbet Catalogue, 1985, page 14, showing the Production Release models. (Please note that Prince Charles is carrying a cane, and Princess Diana is wearing a hat)

The development of a doll is something that collectors might not give too much thought to - but it can be a complex process, going through several iterations, before the conflict between artistic intent, financial considerations, and production issues can be resolved.

In our collection are some dolls that illustrate this process, and the slideshow below will give a small insight into how the dolls evolved from initial idea to the finished article (as shown at the top of this page).

Prototypes are models made to explore the proposed idea for the new doll, to show how it might look as a finished entity, and to see if the costume and finishing ideas will work well, and be relatively easy to achieve in production.  

Sample dolls were produced to be used to show the standard of finish required, and were used by both factory workers and outworkers, to maintain the required standards of finish at agreed levels.   This ensured that, as far as is possible with hand-made dolls, there was little variation from one to another, with regard to the major areas of costume and finish

The set consisted of two dolls :

  • P/1015 - Prince Charles
  • P/1016 - Princess Diana

The slideshow below displays the complete "Royal Tour" doll collection

The slideshow shows how the original prototype for Princess Diana was made with the hair moulded onto the head.   In the production sample, we can see that the decision was made to use the more traditional mohair wig.   Another factor that may have influenced this decision may have hinged on the doll faces.   Both were different, and it may have been felt that the open smile and slightly inclined head were more representative of Princess Diana.

However, the dress of the prototype, with the hem lifted to show the layers of lace petticoat underneath, was used in production, because it more closely matched the style of the actual dress worn by Princess Diana.

The Prince Charles doll was a well-established member of the Nisbet "Royalty". and the prototype and sample dolls shown here simply illustrate relatively minor adjustments to the costume

One key feature is missing from Princess Diana - she would have been wearing a hat, and Prince Charles would have been carrying a walking cane.

The doll pictures will auto run as a slide show in the window above.

Press F5 (function key 5 on your keyboard), to re-start the slide show.

Alternatively, you may control the slideshow manually – follow the steps below :

  • Place the cursor at the bottom of the window to access thumbnail and navigation control bar
  • Click on the “?” (question mark) symbol (bottom left hand side of the control bar) for a detailed explanation of the controls
  • See a full screen slideshow by clicking on the “Square with Arrow” symbol (2nd from right on the control bar)
  • Use the keyboard arrow keys to move forward and back through the slideshow, as desired
  • Use the “ESC” key to leave full screen mode

Further Reading on the "Klondike" Dress :

Readers may be surprised to learn that the dress was not new when Princess Diana wore it at Fort Edmonton; You can find out about its fascinating history on the following webpage :

The dress has been displayed at Kensington Palace, and is now on exhibit on the Queen Mary in California, as part of a breast cancer fundraising exhibition

Many thanks to Michael H Smith, current owner of the dress, for supplying additional information, and for allowing us to link to his fascinating webpage


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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