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Missin' Miss Priss: Lefton China Figurines

If you are a fan of vintage items, Lefton collectible figurines are known for their high quality as well as their durability. You will always add a dash of smile if you serve your afternoon tea with a figurine such as Miss Priss or Mr. Toodles at your side. There is a wide selection to choose from on eBay.

How are Lefton labels dated?

The Lefton figurine labels are foils or papers, not marks. It is possible to tell the approximate year that the design was made because of the label:

  • 1946 – 1950: A horse with a rider that states, “Hand Painted, Exclusively Made in Occupied Japan, G.Z.L., U.S.A.,” stamped "Lamore China, Entirely Handmade, G.Z.L., U.S.A., Made in Japan”
  • 1948 – 1953: Large crimson label with gold or silver trim encircling a crown that reads, “Lefton, Hand Painted, Made in Japan”
  • 1953 – 1960: Red label with gold or silver trim surrounding a crown that reads, “Lefton China, Hand Painted, Reg U.S. Pat. Off.”
  • 1960 – 1983: Lefton Trademark Exclusive Japan
  • 1962 – Present: Lefton ® Trademark Exclusive
Tips for collecting Lefton China figurines

There are so many great Lefton figurines collections to choose from that it can feel overwhelming to a new collector. To start a successful collection, you should decide on the Lefton China figurine collection that you want to invest in to avoid getting overwhelmed. You can begin by narrowing your collection to figurines like birthday pieces, traditional pieces, animal pieces, couple figurines, boy figurines, girl figurines, or holiday pieces. Lefton Japan also offers decorative pieces and vases if you prefer to collect something more abstract. As with any other type of collection, and no matter what kind of pieces that you choose to collect, you should only buy figures if they are in good condition.

How do you tell the difference between ceramic and porcelain figurines?

Porcelain is a mixture of kaolin, a white clay, and petuntse, a feldspar mineral from China, whereas ceramic is made of a hard, brittle material produced from nonmetallic minerals. It is easy for the average collector to tell the difference between a ceramic figurine and a porcelain figurine just by the look, feel, and sound of the piece.

  • Look: A porcelain figurine is translucent. A ceramic figurine is completely opaque.
  • Feel: A porcelain figurine feels utterly smooth like it is glazed or glassy.
  • Sound: A porcelain figurine sounds like a bell when struck. A ceramic figurine makes a dull sound when struck.
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