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A rare porcelain doll of the child queen goes on sale

A rare porcelain doll of Princess Elizabeth, 3, who was rejected by the Queen Mother for making her look ‘chubby’ is up for sale in a collection estimated at £40,000

  • A rare doll of the Queen as a toddler is on sale in a collection worth ‘£40,000’
  • The Queen Mother was unhappy with the Princess’ German-made model
  • She refused to give the Schoenau and Hoffmeister doll the royal seal of approval










A rare doll of the Queen as a toddler who angered her mum for making her look ‘too chubby’ has been unearthed as she goes on sale in a collection believed to be £40,000 .

The Queen Mother was so unhappy with the German-made model of a three-year-old Princess Elizabeth that she refused to give her the royal seal of approval.

As a result, the doll was never mass-produced and very few prototypes exist today.

The blond-haired, blue-eyed toy was made in 1929 by toymakers Schoenau and Hoffmeister.

A rare doll of the Queen as a toddler (pictured) who angered her mum for making her look ‘too chubby’ has been unearthed as she is put up for sale in a collection estimated at £40,000

The Queen Mother was so unhappy with the German-made model of a three-year-old Princess Elizabeth that she refused to give her the royal seal of approval.  Pictured are some of the 500 dolls in the collection

The Queen Mother was so unhappy with the German-made model of a three-year-old Princess Elizabeth that she refused to give her the royal seal of approval. Pictured are some of the 500 dolls in the collection

The smiling rosy-cheeked doll was dressed in a frilly pink dress and white oilcloth shoes and socks.  The outfit is believed to have been modeled after that worn by little Elizabeth (pictured in 1929)

The smiling rosy-cheeked doll was dressed in a frilly pink dress and white oilcloth shoes and socks. The outfit is believed to have been modeled after that worn by little Elizabeth (pictured in 1929)

The smiling rosy-cheeked doll was dressed in a frilly pink dress and white oilcloth shoes and socks. The outfit is believed to have been modeled after the one worn by little Elizabeth.

But it also depicted her with big legs and chubby arms and cheeks.

Due to its rarity and the fact that it retains its original red cardboard tag, the 16-inch-tall porcelain doll has become a sought-after item.

The one for sale is part of a huge collection of vintage dolls amassed by the late Betty Fox, a farmer’s wife and seamstress who made clothes for her 500 figurines and displayed them around her home in Nottinghamshire.

Betty died in 2019 aged 95 and now her family is selling the 500 doll collection with Special Auction Services of Newbury.

Specialists say it is one of the largest ever to come to auction and could be worth over £40,000.

As a result, the doll was never mass-produced and very few prototypes exist today.  Pictured are some of the 500 dolls in the collection

As a result, the doll was never mass-produced and very few prototypes exist today. Pictured are some of the 500 dolls in the collection

The one for sale is part of a huge collection of vintage dolls amassed by the late Betty Fox (pictured), a farmer's wife and seamstress who made clothes for her 500 figurines and displayed them around her home in Nottinghamshire .

The one for sale is part of a huge collection of vintage dolls amassed by the late Betty Fox (pictured), a farmer’s wife and seamstress who made clothes for her 500 figurines and displayed them around her home in Nottinghamshire .

Several high value dolls are included, such as a late 19th century Phenix Star Baby from France worth £3,000.

Daniel Agnew, expert at Special Auction Services, said: “This is an important collection both because of its scale and the rarity of many items.

“This is the largest single-owner collection Special Auction Services has ever sold.

“The owner died in 2019 and had been collecting for 60 years. She displayed her cherished dolls all around her house in display cases. As she was an avid seamstress, she also made cute clothes for her dolls.

“The collection includes very rare antique dolls dating from late 19th century France to the 1960s, the most expensive of which could sell for £3,000.

Phenix Star Baby, pictured, a 19th century French doll which is the most expensive in the collection

A 1960s Italian fashion doll, pictured above, with an estimate of £80-£120

Phenix Star Baby, pictured left, a 19th century French doll which is the most expensive in the collection, and a 1960s Italian fashion doll, pictured right, with an estimate of £80-£120

“By far the most remarkable item is the doll of our Queen Elizabeth II as a baby. The Queen Mother didn’t approve of it because she thought it looked really chubby – hence it never received the Royal Warrant and was not a big seller.

“It is particularly rare because it retains its card tag which was usually ripped off and thrown away. We believe the outfit is based on one worn by Elizabeth.

Betty’s son, who wished not to be named, said: ‘Mum had dolls all over the house – in the bedrooms, in the middle room and she had a sewing and doll room which everyone liked to visit to see his latest acquisitions and projects.

“She spent many cold winter nights in her doll room sewing with her hand machine.

“As a family we were devastated when Betty passed away before Christmas 2019. Only now can we come to terms with the separation of her doll collection. We would like other people who share his passion to offer them good homes.

Betty’s collection will be on sale November 22-24.

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