As the family explained, this set was one of the gifts Grandma and Grandpa Mora received on their 50th Wedding Anniversary in June of 1957. My hubby says he remembers it sitting on the stereo cabinet of their house when he was a young boy.
After some research, I discovered this set was known as a "Centerpiece Ceramic Fruit Bowl with Candle Holders". It has the number 20316 printed on the bottom of the bowl and the candle holders. I assume this is the pattern or style number. Further investigation shows that the pattern is called "Golden Wheat"and it was manufactured in Japan in the 1940's.
This particular set has one of the most common identifying marks of the Lefton product: a foil sticker on the bottom of the bowl.
I love the pretty pastel pink of these ceramics, and even after all these years the gold pattern of the "wheat" is bright and lovely.
Apparently, George Lefton turned his passion and hobby for porcelain into a business in 1941 while living in Chicago. He was one of the first American businessmen to deal with the Japanese after World War II, and he imported goods from Japan under the label, "Made in Occupied Japan". He was known for pricing his goods so that they were affordable to the general public.
The items in his collections consisted of items that could be used every day, as well as things that were made just for display. When the Lefton Company was sold in 2001 after its founder had died in 1996, a source of some of the most popular collectibles and kitchenware in America was ended. Today, the items from this company are available on websites and in antique malls and collectible shops, and are prized as vintage items. I'm glad this particular set has remained in the Mora family and will continue to be a part of the family legacy.
I'll be joining Dawn at www.wecallitjunkin.com for her History and Home Link Party
and Christine at www.rustic-refined.com for her Table It! Link Party. Thank you, Ladies, for hosting these fun parties!
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