Rexard Dolls

Also sold as "Faun" dolls, in Australia

This interesting range of dolls were designed by Odette Arden for Rexard, who were based in Brighton, Sussex; Despite their English pedigree, Rexard dolls were made in "The British Empire", which in reality meant that they were being manufactured in Hong Kong.   These dolls were also sold in Australia, under the "Faun" brand name.

Rexards were aimed at the younger collector, being priced to be affordable to the child on a pocket money income.   The dolls were extremely attractive, having pretty features, and were generally well painted.   Clothes were bright and colourful, and the range of characters available mirrored very closely the Nisbet dolls they were competing against.

But there were significant differences, which were not always immediately obvious from the study of photographs alone.   Rexard dolls were hollow, being moulded in two halves, which were stuck together, (like many of the "Airfix" model kits so popular in the 1960's and 1970's).   They had movable arms, retained in the body by an elastic band, (the same system used by Nisbet dolls).

This hollow construction gives the collector the first clue to determining if they have a Nisbet - All nisbet dolls were solid plastic, and so were much heavier than their Rexard counterparts.   Also, the majority of Rexards we have seen were made in a very pale, waxy, near white colour plastic - Nisbets were made in a much better flesh coloured plastic material.

Rexard costumes were usually made from thin, screenprinted cotton material or similar - They were colourful and attractive enough, but the clothes lacked the finesse and quality so evident in even the cheaper "Souvenir" dolls Nisbet produced.   Nisbets, by comparison, used quality materials, which were generally thicker, often lined, and most often carried the pattern in the weave.

The fledgeling Nisbet collector, (and even some seasoned "old hands"), have to be particularly aware of these dolls, because as pretty as they are, they will ultimately disappoint, if purchased with the expectation of obtaining a doll with the quality of a Nisbet!

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31st October 2015

New updates added - We have added a new page on the Isle of Wight dolls, which were produced for the Liliput doll Museum, on the Isle of Wight.   These dolls have mystified us for some time, but an opportunity to do some research through the archives, an email from Graham Munday, (owner of the Lilliput Doll Museum), and an email chat with author and Shallowpool Dolls expert sue Brewer, have allowed a partial reconstruction of their fascinating story.   There are still some gaps in our knowledge, so if you can fill in any of the missing details for us, please do get in touch!

19th September 2015

New updates added - Our thanks to correspondent David H, who has sent us two interesting pictures - The first is of a very rare Nisbet First Doll.   This is the doll that started Peggy Nisbet's dollmaking career, and you can read all about her on this page : dolls/special-collectors-sets-limited-and-signature-editions/SCE-P1953 Replica Edition of the First Nisbet Doll.  David's picture of his original first Nisbet is shown below the article on the replica doll, and below that, is shown a unique 18" porcelain doll that also shows the Queen in Coronation robes, and was used in displays and exhibitions.   This doll is also shown in the book, "The Peggy Nisbet Story".  Other updates added today are the BOAC and BEA dolls, Madam Tussaud Dolls, Wax Dolls, and a Porcelain statuette issued as a tribute to Peter Bull, which is shown under Dolls/Porcelain Dolls/Irish Dresden - Tribute to the Late Peter Bull

12th September 2015

New updates added - Apologies to all our visitors for the long delay in adding some updates and new information - we hope that the items listed below will be of interest!   Many kind thanks to numerous correspondents, for their kind offers of pictues and other information, to fill in the gaps in various galleries :  To Barbara T, for her stunning pictures of H/214 - Queen Elizabeth I, wearing a rubber crown.   Pictures appear in Historical Gallery 1, and in "Know your Nisbets/Headgear/Crowns".   Frank T sent two excellent pictures of Vera Evelyn Samuel, and you can see the pictures and read all about her here - "Porcelain Dolls/Doulton Nisbet".   Penny D has sent in some pictures of her magnificent early P/618 - Robbie Burns - See him in Portrait Dolls Gallery 1.   We have used another of Keith P's pictures in a new gallery just added - "Know your Nisbet/Body shape and pose".   Finally, we have added a new page on Walt Disney dolls, which may come as something of a surprise to many collectors, as the dolls are not typically Nisbet in appearance!


3rd January 2015


Exciting New updates added for 2015 - Correspondent Michael A contacted us last year to ask about his mother's "Beatles" Nisbet dolls - Collectors of long standing may have heard of this almost legendary set of dolls - Thanks to Michael, you can now learn all about them here : /dolls/the-dolls-that-never-were/the-beatles/   

A recent contact from author Ian Price, who writes for the "Fashion Dolls Quarterly" magazine, (, enquired about Nisbet's Christmas themed dolls - We were delighted to assist his researches in compiling this article on Peggy Nisbet's "Legends of Christmas" dolls.   Ian has very kindly allowed us to make a copy of this article available for download - Please go to the Downloads/Miscellaneous/ page, and click on the link to "Styling Santa", by Ian Price, to see the article.



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