Peg Top Dolls

Peggy Nisbet’s “Peg Top” dolls do not have any connection to clothes pegs –The “Peg” referred to is one or more wooden dowels used in the construction of the dolls, and for joining the various parts of the doll together.

The name, “Peg dolls” Came to be synonymous with the simple lathe turned wooden dolls from the Gröden Valley in the Alps.   Many Peg Dolls were, in later years, imported undressed from Holland – their young owners would make clothes for them using any scraps of fabric they could find

These wooden dolls were first issued as "Signed Introductory Editions for Special Category Members Only".   Introduced in June 1979, these dolls came in two body variations - Solid wooden arms and legs, (which allowed the dolls to be posed standing up, or with wooden hands and feet, attached to floppy fabric limbs - naturally enough, these dolls could only be displayed seated.

Many of the Peg Top dolls shown here are prototypes, distinguished by their round "cricket ball" heads.   Later production models had slimmer oval heads, which made them lighter in weight, and safer to play with in the hands of young toddlers.

When they first went on sale, the Peg Tops with solid limbs cost £9.00, ($25.00), and the floppy limbed versions were on sale for £8.50, ($24.00)

The inspiration for many of these dolls came from Nursery Rhymes - but some of the characters, (like the clowns and the scarecrow), must have been inspired by other childhood memories - perhaps the Circus, and the tales of the scarecrow Worzel Gummidge.

There are several other Peg Top dolls not represented here, and as with many Nisbet dolls, over time, they may have had changes of costume, to further confuse their identity, when wrist tags are lost!

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


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