Welcome to what we hope will one day become the preeminent meeting place for Lefton collectors, a forum for the exchange of history and ideas related to Lefton china, Lefton figurines, and other wares produced by the Lefton company and Geo Z Lefton, and a marketplace for the buying and selling of vintage Lefton collectibles. Although we are not and have never been affiliated with the Lefton Company and George Zoltan Lefton, we hope you nevertheless find the information and products that you are looking for here.
We've spent a tremendous amount of time over the past couple months organizing the items produced by G.Z. Lefton and the Lefton Company which we have seen for sale on eBay - and we hope that you will find that our groupings of items produced by Lefton for sale makes it easier to find what you are looking for.
When you click on an item for sale on our website, you'll be taken to eBay for further information and photos about the item, as well as all the buyer protections that eBay offers should you ultimately decide to bid on the item. We believe that eBay currently offers the most extensive inventory of Lefton Company products for sale online.
With nearly 1,000 visitors in our first month, we're excited about the response to the website so far and the validation of our belief in the popularity of Lefton china. We hope to launch a discussion forum related to the works of George Lefton and the Lefton Company soon, and I'm sure that we'll put other exciting tools for Lefton collectors in the works. We hope you'll bookmark our site and check back to watch us grow as your collection and love of Lefton wares grows.
We expect that our visitors fall into three categories. First, are the life long collectors and dealers who know more about the products of Lefton than we ever will. If you are in this category, we encourage you to use the navigational links on the left to go straight to the specific items that you are looking to buy.
If you are just here to window shop and expand your knowledge and collection, but don't know just what you are looking for, we've put together a few different pages depending on your areas of interest.
- If it's figurines that you collect, there's plenty of Lefton figurines to see: Lefton bloomer girls, birthday girl figurines, and the Lefton angels have stolen our hearts.
- If you are an animal lover, we're pretty sure you'll fall in love with the Lefton dogs, Lefton cats, and Lefton birds such as blue birds and blue jays, swans, and ducks.
- If you are considering decorating for christmas, then consider Lefton christmas items such as those in the lefton holly pattern and the lefton colonial village collection.
- If you or someone you know spends alot of time in the kitchen, you should check out the Lefton teapots, cups and saucers, Lefton cookie jars, and the Lefton bowls.
- If your heart is filled with a passion for all things water related, then perhaps a Lefton lighthouse will keep your boat afloat.
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.
Lefton is well known both for its production of items in Japan and for the Made in Occupied Japan marking. Admiring the quality of Japanese porcelain, Lefton was one of the first American businessmen to deal with the Japanese after World War II. Lefton imported goods from Japan under the now well known marking "Made in Occupied Japan" at a price affordable to the American public. Japan served as the primary source of items for Lefton until the mid 1970s, when it was replaced by other low cost producers.
The Lefton Company imported, made, and sold pottery, porcelain, hand painted china, glass, and other ceramic giftware. While the quality of the Lefton goods helps explain the popularity of vintage Lefton items, it's also the breadth of items produced by the Lefton company, the fact that some items were made for everyday use and others were made simply for collection and display, and the easily identified branding all surely contributed. Lefton marks identifying their products included a variety of stamps (or fired-on marks), paper labels (or foil stickers), and identification numbers.
At one time Lefton products were sold in over 10,000 shops in the United States, and given their popularity still it seems unlikely that one could go very far in any antique mall in the country without find a piece of Lefton china or a Lefton figurine. To the extent that one is looking for competitors, I would expect that companies such as Noritake, Napco, and Enesco jump to most minds.
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.
We hope that you've enjoyed our page about Lefton and our history of the Lefton Company. You're now fully prepared to click on the links on the left and enjoy the photographs and additional information about the products made by Geo Z. Lefton and the Lefton Company.