How To Date Lefton China Labels

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 Red Lefton Label
  • 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
  • 1999 — Has China on the label. (Apologies for the blurry photo. I blatantly lifted it off an estate sale ad.) This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is lefton-1.jpg
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