- Pattern: LEF71
- Made in Japan
- Vintage: 1950 - 1955
- Details: Such a useful yet adorable item is this tea bag holder (or can even serve as a teaspoon rest), made in Japan for Lefton. The pattern is a simple pink poppy with a tiny bud underneath and their green leaves, with lots of gold accents all around. This is a porcelain piece in the traditional teapot shape with handle and spout. The back is stamped with a gold crown and it reads: "Lefton China Hand Painted 08282." Based on this stamp we know that it was made between 1950 and 1955. Lefton sold several other items such as: frames, ring holders, trinket boxes, small boxes, soap dishes, bud vases, etc., many in this same pattern. If you're collecting this pattern, we hope this piece adds to your collection. If you're looking for a gift for a tea lover, we think this is a very original gift.
- Material: Porcelain
- Dimensions: A little over 4.5 inches Wide (from spout to handle). 3.5 inches Tall (from top to bottom).
- Condition: Vintage - Used. Excellent Condition. There are no chips, cracks, or scratches. Gold is in excellent condition. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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Lefton (actually called Geo. Zoltan Lefton Company) was started in Chicago in 1941 by George Lefton, an immigrant from Hungary who's hobby was collecting fine porcelain. Mr. Lefton didn't manufacture his wares, he was an importer of Japanese porcelain but had very high quality standards for his manufacturers and that's why his items are still collected and highly regarded today. His reputation earned him the name of The China King. In the mid 1970's he started importing items from other countries such as Taiwan, Malaysia and China. George Lefton died in 1996 and the company was sold in 2001 but the mark Lefton is still being used. Lefton marks include: stamps, labels, or numbers, unfortunately when it is a paper (foil) label, they are almost always missing by the time we find them.