the coronation of queen elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Phase I of the

"Tower Treasures - Coronation Limited Edition"

This superb 8" tall doll was issued as a limited edition of 990 in August 1978, and would have cost £38.00, (including VAT at just 8%!).  The doll has bisque porcelain head, arms, and legs, sewn onto a stuffed kid leather body.  The dress is made from a specially woven Jacquard material, to faithfully represent the actual dress worn by the Queen at the Coronation.  She wears the rich crimson velvet Parliamentary Robe of State, trimmed with fur and gold braid.  This stunning model is one of the finest ever produced by Peggy Nisbet, and remains highly sought after amongst collectors.

The decision to increase the issue quantity from 500 to 990 dolls, to offset the high production costs, and to make this stunning edition available to a greater number of collectors worldwide

The Coronation Chair

Phase II of the

"Tower Treasures - Coronation Limited Edition"

Issued as phase II of the “Tower Treasures - Coronation Limited Edition”, this superbly detailed model was restricted to an issue of 500, costing £18.00 each in 1978. 

Shown on the seat of the chair are St Edward’s Crown, which is always used to crown the monarch, the Sceptre of Kingly Power and Justice, and the Rod of Equity and Mercy.   The Coronation Chair has been used at every Coronation since 1308.  Under the seat was housed, (until its return to Scotland in July 1996), the “Stone of Scone”, a red sandstone block steeped in legend and mystery.  Known by a number of different names, including the “Stone of Destiny”, it was used as the Coronation seat of the kings of Scotland, then England, and now Britain.  Legend has it that the stone is really the “Stone of Bethel”, which Jacob was using as a pillow, when he had his vision of a ladder reaching to heaven.  The stone will be temporarily returned to Westminster, and fitted into the Coronation Chair, the next time a Monarch is to be crowned.

The Coronation Vestments

Phase III of the

"Tower Treasures - Coronation Limited Edition"

The vestments were issued, together with the crown and sceptres (shown above with the Coronation Chair), as phase 3 of the Coronation set, and cost £25.00 in 1978

As the Coronation ceremony progressed, the Queen removed the crimson velvet Parliamentary Robe of State, and took the Oath.  

She was then dressed in the Colobium sindonis ("shroud tunic") - the first robe with which the Sovereign is invested. It is a loose white undergarment of fine linen cloth edged with a lace border, open at the sides, usually sleeveless, and cut low at the neck. It symbolises the derivation of Royal authority from the people

The Dalmatic or Supertunica  is the second robe with which the Sovereign is invested. It is a long coat of gold silk which reaches to the ankles and has wide-flowing sleeves. It is lined with rose-coloured silk, trimmed with gold lace, woven with national symbols and fastened by a sword belt. It is said to derive from the full dress uniform of a consul of the Byzantine Empire

The Pallium Regale, or Imperial Mantle is the main robe worn during the ceremony and used during the Crowning. It is a four-square mantle, lined in crimson silk and decorated with silver coronets, national symbols and silver imperial eagles in the four corners.


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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