Thank you Alexander Doll Company - thank you for the exquisite Cissy Queen series. Just putting these together as a collection would be breathtaking! Beatrice Alexander certainly had a long fascination with Elizabeth. Before she was made heir to the British throne by her uncles abdication, she did not sell particularly well as a doll. However, once her destiny changed from princess to heir presumptive, it was a match made in spades for Alexander. Not needing licensing, or at least willing to go onward and forward without it, Princess Elizabeth would gracefully transition into Queen Elizabeth. She would transition again with her young family and their own translation into dolls.
This 1959 Cissy No. 2177 is a fascinating example of transitions in design and production of Cissy. Her presence in the company doll catalog was certainly diminished by now... the larger fashion dolls were fading from favor. Barbie would be introduced this same year and explode in popularity that Christmas. The one piece arms and a new body type strung together rather than the previous engineered-for-serious-play body type would be significant in this transition that would take Cissy from a play doll to a portrait doll that was played with less but dressed to the nines. In 1961 Cissy would debut in a full line of portrait dolls in extravagant costuming meant for the last doll of an older girl.
In 1959, the body type was redesigned and the costuming had less choices, but with choices of more color and panache. Silver was the accent of this years queen — with both silver medallions on the gowns bodice and a brand new silver and ruby crown. These silver medallions have tarnished by now, and probably started to tarnish before the dolls left the store. Cissy is very grand with a one-time-only crown that adds quite a bit of height. With an assortment of jewels, long white gloves, silver heels and a newly designed crinoline slip, Cissy is ready for her duties and the privileges of being a queen of hearts.