Auntie Kitty Patchwork Doll

Image taken from "Doll collectors'Club Newsletter No.11, dated July 1981

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)


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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