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Dating Lefton china labels.
Some years ago I found this info on dating Lefton china and figurines on the internet… somewhere… and jotted it down. I ran across that piece of paper recently and thought I’d pass along this helpful information to you. It’s not an all inclusive guide, but is certainly a good starting point. I can’t vouch for its accuracy, but would wager it’s pretty close.
Remember these are foil or paper labels, not marks.
Large crimson label with gold or silver trim. Reads Lefton’s Exclusive Japan
Red label with gold or silver trim. Reads Lefton’s Reg U.S. Pat. Off. Exclu. Japan
Lefton Trademark Exclusive Japan
- 1986 (Known year, but of course, it spans more years than this.) Reads Lefton Trademark Exclusives Tiawan
Lefton ® Trademark Excl
You might find the most recent identification and price guides helpful as well. At the time of this writing, these can be bought on Amazon for as little as a couple of bucks!
Another site that explains marks and dates is Nancy’s Collectibles
Also, eBay is a good place to find the current going price for some pieces. Just remember that prices there fluctuate greatly. It all depends on who is looking and who is buying at any given time. Find Lefton china and figurines on eBay