Special Collectors Set 11

The Court of King Arthur

Limited to 350 Sets - Issued in 1976

King Arthur, “The Once and Future King”, was a mythical figure from the legendary past of the British Isles.   Some historians believe that the “real” Arthur may have been a Welsh tribal chieftain, whose many victories against a series of invaders earned him a place in history and legend.  (Collectors may also recognise the same doll face was used as Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria)

Queen Guinevere gave Arthur the Round Table as a wedding gift, so that the king and all his knights could sit in equal fellowship.   The story “Morte’ D’Arthur” was written by Thomas Malory, at the request of King Edward IV in 1469.   It is for this reason that the Court of King Arthur are usually depicted in romantic 15th Century costume

The most splendid of all Arthur’s knights, Lancelot had an affair with Guinevere.   Condemned to death for her infidelity by Arthur, she was rescued from being burned at the stake, and carried to safety in a convent by Sir Lancelot.  The doll shown here is pre-production sample no. 4

Lady Clare was one of Queen Guinevere’s Ladies-in-Waiting, and is shown in a sumptuous costume typical of the romantic style often depicted for the 15th Century noblewoman

Like her companion, Lady Clare, Lady Sybil was also one of Queen Guinevere’s Ladies-in-Waiting.   This doll gives Peggy Nisbet yet another chance to demonstrate her skills as a creative and imaginative doll artist

The complete set consisted of the following five dolls :

  • LE/69 - King Arthur
  • LE/70 - Queen Guinevere
  • LE/71 - Sir Lancelot
  • LE/72 - Lady Clare
  • LE/73 - Lady Sybil

Each doll was supplied with a numbered certificate of authenticity

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21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021