I have 4 dolls, 2 of which are labelled Happy Dolls, and from my research, I believe they are made by the English doll maker, Peggy Nisbet in the 1960's. The tag of the ballerina doll reads "T.67 I am a little Ballerina and my name is NANETTE I dance on point and my favourite ballet is Swan Lake".
I like her best out of my 4 Peggy Nisbet dolls because of the faded mushroom colour of her tulle skirt and the cute hair do. Here is the other side of the tag that came with this doll:
My next favourite doll is this dancer with a frilly bonnet. I like the way Nisbet used fabric that makes the doll looks as though she has just done a twirl on the dance floor.
Next up is doll T.67 who is an Irish Colleen and her name is Bridget. These dolls are mostly in good order, the only consistent wear and tear is to the painted on shoes and socks.
This doll was in very bad order when I got her. Her clothes were infested with moths, so I made her a new set. Her face is slightly chewed, and she has lost her hair.
I am pleased with the replacement blouse and apron I made for her, but the skirt turned out a little less full than it should have been, going on the look of the original original outfit:
On the original dress, they folded the skirt and then attached it to the bodice. I couldn't manage that with the fabric I used, which was 100 per cent wool. Once made, the outfits are then placed on the dolls, and the openings stitched together.
I do have some long mohair lengths and some acid free glue to try and give her some hair, so I will have a go at that at some stage.
These dolls are quite reasonably priced, and pop up all over the auction sites on the internet, so if you are interested in collecting them, now is a good time I think.