Shafford exported pieces to the United States from Japan starting in the 1940s and ending in the 1970s. Shafford produced china planter mugs depicting famous people, music boxes, figurines, pitchers, pill cups, candle holders and a host of other novelty items. Among their offerings were small, painted versions of "Checkers up at the Farm", "Chess", "School Days" and "Traveling Magician". The pieces are each about 6" - 7" tall.
UCAGCO marked pieces are almost always marked "Made in Japan" and like other importers, one might assume that they were a Japanese company; however, this is not correct. The United China and Glass Company (UCAGCO) was based in New Orleans and New York. Ucagco was primarily creator and distributor of dinnerware and glassware and were the distributor of many Japanese china patterns during the early 1950's. UCAGCO dates back to 1850 and in the 1930's the company took on the official trademark of UCAGCO and began expanding overseas. After WWII was over, the company signed the very first contract allowing imports from Japan. In 1956, UCAGCO was sold to Sammons Enterprises.
UCAGCO produced two Rogers miniatures, "Chess" and "School Days". Both pieces were produced in white, as well as in color.