Special Collectors Edition

P1953 Replica Edition of the First Nisbet Doll

Limited to 5000 models - Issued in 1984

This model was made to commemorate the first ever doll made by Peggy Nisbet, which was a ceramic model of HM the Queen at her Coronation in 1953.   This replica model is dressed in fabric garments, and the Crown, Sceptre and Orb were cast in metal, just as on the original model.  Each model was supplied with a numbered Certificate

The complete (250) production run of the first doll were sold by Harrods, and despite a search for a 1953 vintage original model on which to base this replica, at the time this reproduction was released,  an original doll had not been found.

This Replica Edition is not a doll, but a ceramic model, dressed as shown, which is quite an achievement, as the arms are fixed to the body, and do not articulate (unlike those of the typical styrene Nisbet dolls)

Taken from the House of Nisbet Dolls and Bears Book, 1985, Page 03

Update : September 2015

Website visitor David H contacted us, and told us of some very interesting dolls in his collection.   He also kindly offered us photographs - but first, some history :

Article taken from page 3 of the 1986 House of Nisbet Doll Catalogue
Image taken from page 3 of the 1986 House of Nisbet Doll Catalogue

David has two very rare Nisbet dolls - The first, as you may have guessed, is an original 1953 Coronation doll.   Over the intervening 62+ years, she has lost her Orb and Sceptre, and her dress, (which was a white material), has crumbled away.   (We have seen this before, with some of the white chiffon type materials used on some of Peggy Nisbet's other early dolls - we suspect that it is due to the action of sunlight, as some of the synthetic fabrics used in those days were chemically unstable over time, and would tear and crumble over long exposure to sunlight).

The photograph below shows this rare and beautiful doll - 

She is just as shown in the illustration drawn by Peggy's son, Peter, on page 7 of her book, "The Peggy Nisbet Story".   Collectors may also notice that she has a wire crown, like those seen on some of the first "Tower Walk" and "Historical" dolls (click on the button below to be taken to the "Crowns" page).

David also has an even more unique doll - she is an 18" Queen Elizabeth II porcelain jointed doll, and was purchased at the Nisbet Estate Sale, in Florida.   David tells us that she was described as a prototype, and was never produced for sale, and was only ever used in special displays

This doll is also shown on page 112 of the book, "The Peggy Nisbet Story" - a copy is reproduced below, but it is a low resolution image, and detail is hard to see.   David's doll is in the centre of the table

Image taken from page 112 of "The Peggy Nisbet Story"


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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