Nisbet Doorman at Harrods doll

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2015-06-26 10:42:16

The Nisbet Doorman at Harrods doll is a vintage doll depicting a doorman at the famous London department store Harrods during the 1950s.

 

Background

Peggy Nisbet began making dolls in 1952, with a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II made to commemorate her coronation. After gaining official permission from the Lord Chamberlain, she commissioned a porcelain doll and created 300 models using home sewers to produce the delicate costume.

The entire lot of dolls was then purchased by Harrods department Store in London, beginning a career that would maintain close relationships with both the store and the Royal family.

Nisbet went on to build a company that gained international recognition for their quality and realism, and which notable produced many dolls based on real-life figures from celebrities to politicians and Royalty.

The Peggy Nisbet Ltd Doorman at Harrods doll

The dolls were produced during the 1950s and are made from hard plastic, measuring approximately 8 ½” tall. They are dressed in the traditional uniform of a Harrods department Store doorman – a green suit and matching green overcoat with gold buttons, and a black peaked doorman’s cap.

Each of the dolls originally came in a gold and white box with a line drawing of the doorman and a Harrods company logo, and each had a swing tag attached to their arm which read “Costume dolls by Peggy Nisbet”.

How much is a Nisbet Doorman at Harrods doll worth?

Peggy Nisbet dolls are popular with collectors, and although dolls depicting real people such as the British Royals are more sought after the Harrods doorman dolls can still sell for around $20 on eBay in good condition.

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