Lefton China is porcelain produced by the American manufacturer Lefton during the 20th century.
Brief history and description
The Lefton Company was founded by George Lefton in 1941, and the company became well known for manufacturing a variety of delicate china items such as teapots, creamers, sugar containers, teacups, ashtrays, figurines, vases and much more. In 1945 Lefton travelled to Japan and sealed an important agreement which allowed him to produce the first Lefton China product, which was originally marked as "Made in Occupied Japan."
Authentic Lefton China items typically feature the words "Lefton's," "Lefton China," "Geo Z. Lefton," "G.Z.L." or the letter "L," and often feature gold trims or classic floral designs.
Guide for collectors
A vintage Lefton china four-piece stacking teapot, creamer and sugar container is considered to be the most rare and valuable. Matching sets of Lefton china items are also considered to be both rare and valuable.
Restoration of a Lefton china item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Lefton china item may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Lefton china items, visit the Lefton Company's official website.
Tias Inc. in Garden City, New York sold a Lefton sold a four-piece stacking teapot, creamer and sugar container along with a strainer and catch basin for $250 in September of 2006.
Dotta Auction Co., Inc in Nazareth, Pennsylvania sold a pair of Lefton China women figural planters for $120 in January of 2008.
Universal Live in Northbrook, Illinois sold a lot of three different porcelain Lefton china items including two ashtrays with a 1950s Art Deco style in pink and gold (3" x 6") and a vase featuring a floral design (4" x 3.5") for $25 in July of 2011.
Desert West Auction Service in Mimbres, New Mexico sold a matching Lefton China creamer and sugar container featuring a gold gilt edge and a violet and vine design for $25 in April of 2008.
The Auction House in Des Moines, Iowa sold a pair of white Lefton China floral vases (6" in height) for $5 in November of 2004.
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