Vintage Lefton China Hand Painted Woodcock KW 3411 Figurine Japan 5"



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Vintage Limited Edition Lefton China hand painted figurine number KW 3411 in the shape of a Woodcock. Circa 1950s-1970s.

“George Zoltan Lefton, also referred to as Geo Z Lefton, Geo Zoltan Lefton, and G.Z. Lefton, arrived in the United States from Hungary in 1939. Although Lefton made his living in Hungary in sportswear, his passion for fine porcelain turned from a hobby into a business when he founded the Lefton Company in 1941 in Chicago.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, many Japanese-owned businesses in Chicago were looted. Lefton helped board up a business owned by Nunome, a Japanese-American friend. After the war, Nunome assisted Lefton in developing essential relationships with china producers in Occupied Japan.

Japan was occupied by the Allied forces with its unconditional surrender in August of 1945. The Allies' plan was to help Japan rebuild and grow, but not to allow Japan to have the manufacturing capabilities to rearm itself. Pottery and porcelain manufacturing fit into the areas of acceptability as set by General Douglas McArthur and the Allies.

Lefton was one of the first American businessmen to deal with the Japanese after World War II. The first pieces of Lefton China with the ""Made in Occupied Japan"" mark reached the United States in 1946.

Lefton China produced in Occupied Japan included a wide range of pieces, dating from 1946 to 1952. Designs ranged from delicate, formal pieces with gold edging and soft floral patterns to the whimsical and playful designs of the 1950s. Many of the pieces of Lefton China from Occupied Japan were produced by the Miyawo Company during this period. The quality and price were both good on Lefton China pieces from this period.

Over the years the Lefton Company has produced numerous products that are highly sought after by collectors including, but not limited to, cookie jars, holiday items, figurines, teapots, jam jars, planters, pitchers, shakers, Red Hat pieces, wall pockets and head vases.

At one time Lefton products were sold in over 10,000 shops in the United States, and given their popularity it seems unlikely that one could go very far in any antique mall in the country without finding a piece of Lefton china or a Lefton figurine.

Lefton China can be identified by the marks on the base of each piece. Identifying marks vary, but they may include ""Lefton's,"" ""Lefton China,"" ""Geo. Z. Lefton,"" ""G.Z.L.,"" or just a letter ""L."" Many pieces were marked by both a maker's mark and a paper label. Those made from 1946 to 1952 will also include ""Made in Occupied Japan"" as a part of the identifying markings.

Lefton China continued to be produced in Japan until the 1970s. Production in the 1980s and beyond moved to Taiwan and Malaysia. Most importantly, the quality remained high. Unfortunately, George Z. Lefton died in 1996 and the Lefton Company was sold in 2001 after 60 years of producing some of America's most popular collectibles and kitchenware. Production under the Lefton China label continues today.”


Very Good - Light fading/wear


4.25” x 2.5” x 5” (Width x Depth x Height)