King of Arms

A limited issue of 500, this doll was only available during 1977, the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, and was priced at £44.85, ($118.75).  Made from bisque porcelain, he is dressed in a Tabard bearing the Royal Arms, by special permission of the Lord Chamberlain.  

The wording on the Proclamation scroll carried by the King of Arms is as follows :


At the first stroke of the clock, trumpeters stand

on a scarlet draped balcony, and sound a double fanfare.

 The King of Arms raises his voice and reads

from a large parchment that the new King is

"with one voice and consent of tongue and heart

proclaimed our only lawful and rightful leige"  

The scene is one of impressive pageantry.

 The replica of the Proclamation held by the doll is printed on British hand-made rag paper from Wookey Hole Mill, Somerset, England.

(The hard Plastic version of this doll is B/319)

The Garter Principal King of Arms is responsible to the Earl Marshal for the running of the College. He is the principal adviser to the Queen with respect to ceremonial and heraldry. He also serves as the King of Arms of the Order of the Garter and his seal and signature appear on all grants of arms made by the College.   At the time of the Silver Jubilee, the post was held by Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, KCB, KCVO


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