The British company who manufactured Rosebud dolls since the 1950s, Nene Plastics Ltd., was run by Eric Smith who took over the company in 1934 from his father. When Nene Plastics started to produce composition dolls in 1947, the trademark "Rosebud" was registered by Smith. Initially, the company started making dolls out of composition. All the Rosebud dolls had the word, "Rosebud" embossed on the backside of their neck to recognise the authenticity of the dolls.

Nice 1968 doc made in the Rosebud factory:

When the company started making vinyl dolls, it added a rose symbol along with the Rosebud name from 1960 to create a specific identity. In 1967, Nene Plastics was taken over by the American company Mattel. These Rosebud dolls had the markings "Rosebud, Mattel" on them. However, the company started trading independently again under the name Blossom Toys from 1974.

Rosebud dolls were made in various sizes and colours and are always wearing fabulous dresses. The dolls tend to have nice lustrous hair too. Even baby dolls were available.

The size varies from anywhere between 6 inches to 14 inches or more. The process of manufacturing involve a lot of attention to detail in design and selection of high quality materials.

Vintage Rosebud dolls are popular among collectors as they are an example of excellent craftsmanship.

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Updated: 31 March 2019

Rosebud value and price guide

What's your 'Rosebud' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Lifelike Reborn Doll By Cindy Musgrove 06/2019 $430.00
Hecklen' Who's Presents By Cindy 06/2019 $353.00
Strung 50s Miss Doll England Bff To 06/2019 $333.58
Reborn Baby Of 4 Used Including Triplets 07/2019 $174.00
Lee Middleton By Reva Schick Baby Girl 07/2019 $150.00
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Kathy - April 4, 2019

I have a doll dressed in a pink gingham checked dress with pink bows in her light brown hair. She is in pristine condition. She has matching bloomers, white socks, and light blue shoes. ROSEBUD is written across the back of her neck. Can anyone give me information about her re: age, value, etc.? Many thanks! Kathy

Pat - March 26, 2019

Could you tell me what year rosebud came in a orange with green stipe box, please. thank you
►reply: I'm no expert on these dolls, so I have no idea Pat, sorry. They were made from the 1950s, so I think you have to look at the box colors and clothing to determine age.