The Lefton mark can be found on a wide array 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 was one of the first American businessmen to enter post-war Japan, and he worked with a Japanese-American named Nunome who helps him to arrange the commercial contracts and becomes his business agent in Japan. Early Lefton china was imported into the U.S. with a "Made in Occupied Japan" mark, used in the years immediately following World War II commencing in about 1946. While not comparable to the best wares of European or Chinese porcelain manufacturers, Japanese porcelain was still of good quality and was produced at a cost that made it affordable for the average American family in the post-war years.
This ceramic and wood salad serving fork and spoon, circa 1950's, portrays Mr Peanut for the handles. Many Mr Peanut items were made though-out this period, but this set is one of the rarer vintage Mr Peanut collectibles. The pieces measure 9 3/4" in length and the spoon has the original foil label "Lefton's - Reg US Pat Off - Exclusives - Japan". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some paint flaking on brims of both hats and one arm, the spoon has a darkened area on the reverse side caused by a label or tape at some time. A most for the serious Mr Peanut collector.
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