Mary Tudor

Queen Mary I ("Bloody" Mary)

Queen Mary I, (Mary Tudor, or "Bloody" Mary), was the second doll to be issued in the second series of famous british queens.   This 8 inch tall doll,  issued in December 1978/January 1979, would have cost the collector £36.00, ($95.00).   Mary's rich Tudor costume is fashioned from brocades and crushed velvets, and was described as "a faithful replica of the famous portrait of 1544 by an unknown artist..."

Mary Tudor was the elder daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.   She had suffered an appaling childhood, being neglected and persecuted after Henry divorced her mother, and married Anne Boleyn, when she was later declared illegitemate.  

Mary was a devout Catholic, as was her mother, and when she became Queen as a 37 year old in July 1553, her whole aim was to enforce the conversion of England to Catholicism.   The country was plunged into a bloodbath, and she earned the title "Bloody" Mary, because of her persecution of the protestants.  

Her July 1554 marriage to Philip, heir to the Spanish throne, and 11 years her junior, was an unhappy one, although she was devoted to him.   Philip left her after just over a year of marriage, and returned to Spain, leaving her broken hearted.

In September 1544, Mary appeared to be entering the first stages of pregnancy, which continued until July 1555 - now considered to have been a false pregnancy.   Following a visit from Philip in March-July 1557, Mary again appeared to be pregnant, but no child was born.  She was weak and ill from May 1558, and died aged 42 at St James's Palace on 17th November 1558, possibly of ovarian cysts or uterine cancer.


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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