Occupied Japan Lefton Hand Painted Tea Cup Saucer

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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 23,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction
My elderly aunt recently gave me her tea cup teacup collection to sell. She said they were all gifts that she received, beginning at her wedding in the early 1950s, although some of the sets seem to be older than that.

Up for auction is this lovely hand painted, made in Occupied Japan cup and saucer. It is footed with a beautiful gold handle. The entire cup, interior and exterior, and saucer are painted in shades of greens, pink, brown and gold. Absolutely beautiful set. T is gold (not sure if it is real or not) on the handle, around the base of the cup, and on the edging of both the cup and saucer. The edges of the cup and saucer are (not sure of the proper term) scalloped, or shaped. Very pretty.

The teacup measures approximately 2 inches in height with a 3 3/4 inch diameter across the opening. The saucer measures 5 3/8 inches in diameter.

T is a small mark in the gold on the very top of the handle, and a few nicks in the glaze of the saucer. Otherwise this set looks to be in beautiful condition.

T is a mark of a man in armor on a horse on the bottom of both pieces, with the words Hand Painted Exclusively Made in Occupied Japan G.Z.L. U.S.A. I have read that G.Z.L. means that the pieces were hand painted by Geo. Z. Lefton, and that this was produced by Lefton China.

According to Collectible Cups & Saucers Book II by Jim & Susan Harran, cups and saucers of nice quality were made in Japan from 1947 - 1952 and are marked "Occupied Japan." .

If you have any questions at all, please email me. I am not an expert in tea cups or china, but I will do my best to answer.

Please view my other auctions for more of my aunt's lovely tea cup collection. I will be listing more in the days to come.

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