How To Date Lefton China Labels

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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.

  • 1946-1953
    Large crimson label with gold or silver trim. Reads Lefton’s Exclusive Japan
  • 1953-1971
    Red label with gold or silver trim. Reads Lefton’s Reg U.S. Pat. Off. Exclu. Japan
  • 1960-1983
    Lefton Trademark Exclusive Japan
  • 1986 (Known year, but of course, it spans more years than this.) Reads Lefton Trademark Exclusives Tiawan

  • 1962-1990
    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

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  1. my sister has a miniature pitcher and saucer with the red foil label and each piece has the number H6666 also. would u know anything about them? Ur assistance on the dates will be helpful. Thank you

  2. My Mother had passed away on Palm Sunday of this year. As I was going through some of her personal belongings I found a figurine, approx 4 inches high,it’s very old , there is no date on the bottom, but there is a number, the number is KW4733, can you please provide some info. Thank you.

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. I know from experience that it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do.

      I found this article years ago and it was useful to me and thought I’d share it. I really don’t know any more than what it says. If you haven’t already, try putting in some descriptive words into eBay’s search. Don’t forget to try the completed search over on the left hand side. If you don’t find anything there, try Etsy, TIAS and Ruby Lane. Then do a Google search with the same descriptive words. Sometimes we luck up and someone has the same thing for sale and knows a bit like maker and date. Good luck!

  3. I have 3 White Dove figurines with the Left on Red Label, Gold border which has “trade mark exclusives Japan” All 3 are numbered 2991. What can you tell me about these doves?

    I also have two Japanese figurines. Both are a white (bisque?) With gold painted accents. The woman is carrying a fan. Made in Occupied Japan. Also would like info. Thanks.