Auntie Kitty Patchwork Doll
Scheduled for release in the spring of 1980 was the "Auntie Kitty Patchwork Doll". She was to be released in a limited edition of 1000 models, each one having its issue number marked on the doll body, and on a tag sewn into the clothes. In addition, the authorised signature of Alison Nisbet would be found on the underskirt of the doll.
In the Doll Collectors Club Newsletter No. 10, February 1981, it was announced that "Until arrangements with Royal Doulton are progressed, we shall be unable to announce the price or the date of introduction (of the Auntie Kitty doll)". We can find no further mention of the "Auntie Kitty" doll after this date, and believe that this interesting model never progressed beyond the prototype seen in the illustration above.
Miss Kate Adams came to the Nisbet family when Peggy was a baby. Kate was the Fiance of Peggy's uncle, but he died before they could be married. Until her death in 1975, the much loved Auntie Kitty was a great and selfless woman who loved and cared for four generations of the Nisbet family.
Auntie Kitty was an exquisite needlewoman. With her talent, inspiration, and seemingly endless patience, it was natural that she would help Peggy to create her first dolls, back in the early 1950s. This then is how Auntie Kitty came to be Peggy's first needlewoman, and in her honour, the House of Nisbet commemorated the opening of the Kate Adams building in 1979.
The doll of Auntie Kitty was intended to be a study of the graciousness and kindliness of old age, which Auntie Kitty epitomised, and was scheduled to be a limited edition of 1000 models.
(Quoted from the Tower Treasures Newsletter of February 1980)