Tower Walk Dolls
Tower Walk dolls were the first to have a body made by Peggy Nisbet. She wanted a doll with a more elegant and adult body shape to dress, was no longer satisfied with dressing Rosebud dolls, and so decided to make her own.
Many of the early attempts were unsuccessful – in the years after the war, the chemistry involved in making a suitable and stable plastic was not as technologically advanced as it is now. Peggy decided on a cold setting resin mix for her dolls, but there were problems with the recipe.
The chemical mix required exact dilution, and carefully measured proportions, and was difficult to achieve in those early days. Many of the dolls were ruined when acidic chemicals used to cure the mix began to slowly leach out of the resin, causing damage to the clothes, and discolouring the painted features.
Even some of the examples with a more stable resin mix suffered with this problem to a limited extent, and this often caused the faces and hands, which were originally painted a flesh colour, to gradually assume a grey or greyish-blue pallor. This is evident to varying degrees on some of the Tower Walk dolls shown on this website.
Although the majority of the Tower Walk dolls were created as the the first members of the "Historical" series, there were a few examples made to represent the growing interest in Peggy's other doll families, like the "British Pageant / British Traditional" ranges
The "Tower Walk" dolls got their collective name from the converted water tower that Peggy rented out to use as a small factory premises, where they were made. She later purchased the tower, and converted it into a unique family home.
The stylised facial appearance of these stunning dolls, (Peggy called them “moon-faced”), is very evocative of the mid 1950’s, and at their best, these dolls retain a timeless and elegant appeal for collectors everywhere.
The doll pictures will auto run as a slide show in the window above.
Press F5 (function key 5 on your keyboard), to re-start the slide show.
Alternatively, you may control the slideshow manually – follow the steps below :
- Place the cursor at the bottom of the window to access thumbnail and navigation control bar
- Click on the “?” (question mark) symbol (bottom left hand side of the control bar) for a detailed explanation of the controls
- See a full screen slideshow by clicking on the “Square with Arrow” symbol (2nd from right on the control bar)
- Use the keyboard arrow keys to move forward and back through the slideshow, as desired
- Use the “ESC” key to leave full screen mode