Circa: 1950 Manufacturer: Lefton China Company/Made in Japan
This very delicate floral china 50th. Anniversary dinner bell is marked: Lefton China / Hand Painted / #2119 inside the bell with a red and gold label with the Lefton Trade Mark Exclusives / Japan. The Lefton mark can be found on a wide variety of pottery, porcelain, and glass imported into the United States by the George Zoltan Lefton Company. The company was founded by this new immigrant from Hungary after he arrived in Chicago, Illinois in 1939 and established the company in 1940. George Lefton had previously worked in the clothing and sportwear industry, but he was a collector of fine porcelain and dreamed of entering that business. George Zoltan Lefton had always admired the quality and workmanship in finer Japanese and oriental porcelain, and after the end of World War II he pursued business relationships in post-war Occupied Japan to export Japanese porcelain to America through his company. George was one of the first American businessmen to enter post-war Japan. Lefton made a wide variety of pieces, from kitchenware and utilitarian pieces to purely decorative pieces to be displayed on the living room shelf, the company is still in business today. In very good + condition without chips, cracks or fleabites, it measures 3 1/4 inches tall and has a 2 1/2 inch base. An addition to any Bell or Lefton China Collection. SH & Ins. will be quoted after orders placed. If you have any questions please contact me and thank you for looking.