Did UCAGO Quietly Become UC&GC in 1956?

I will make this quick. I spent too much time researching this Maker's mark, but the results are clear ...to me. I think I have uncovered something that has been mistakenly referred to for a half Century! ...well at least on the Internet. This Detective work was about trying to look up a silly ceramic figurine with a gold foil sticker sporting a poorly conceived logo. I clearly see a tiny "Ampersand" and read this as UC&GC, but only under magnification (remember this is very magnified). It is easy to see the confusion.


Here's the rub. Try googling UC&GC and you'll get nothing. No one can see the ampersand and thinks that is a "C" or an "O" ...so try googling UCGC ...B00M, results by the ton. Try finding out who UCGC is (Manufacturer? History?), lots of product Image search results for their Gift Craftware, but no one knows who is UCGC. So I am closing in and trying different queries against the Googlemachine and I think I have uncovered an as-yet-unknown sticker Identity. GSaleHunter the King and Queen of No One Cares!

I looked for entirely too long and could not find this simple sticker linked to a Manufacturer. The same logo presents with "Japan" and "Taiwan". The important part is *everyone* is wrong about who this represents and are usually only described in product listings as a UCGC Maker's mark, so allow me some bragging rights ...even though my assumption is not verified, it will quickly become an obvious "ooooh yeeeah".

So I did this alphabetically and it became clear. Reading the Japanese porcelain Maker's marks on Gotheborg you can scroll down to the "U"s and read the History of Ucagco - United China and Glass Company, which now seems to be a sadly incomplete story. Ucagco sold in 1956 and it's lead Designer and CEO retired in 1962, and the story ends there ...and so did the recognizable gold foil stickers "Ucagco" on their Gift Craft line. I am supposing that newly led company which purchased the 100-year-old (famous!) United China and Glass Company, wanted to come up with a new logo and sticker design for all their new products.

Ok, you get an "F" on your logo design if it forever defeats anyone knowing who you are, which I believe is exactly the case here. A tiny "&" tucked into cramped letters? Maybe it looked good on the Drawing Board. GSaleHunter hereby rectifies the confusion ...although I could be totally wrong. UCGC is actually UC&GC, the 1962 rebranded United China & Glass Co. of Sammons Enterprises. Please share any information below!

Check your stickers people (magnifier or cell phone camera required!) on all those kitchy porcelain figurines. Verification? What happened to Ucagco products after being transitioned to the new owners in 1962? What products did they make, and how were those Sammons Enterprises Imports labeled? I'm saying with the above stickers. More guessing based on historical trends. The "UC&GC Japan" stickers represent products from the 1960's (post-1962?) and stickers with "UC&GC Taiwan" represent products made as Taiwan stole Japan's export crown in the 1970's 

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  • Maria Martinez on

    I have a Ucagco ceramic that has a black woman trimmed in brown.I cannot find it anywhere. The label on the back says Ucagco Ceramics Japan. How can I find a picture of it? Can I send it to Ucagco to see if they can find it? I want to sell it so it will go to a good home. Thanks

  • Amber O on

    I have I think a full set.. 6 tea cup plates, 6 tea cups, 2 vases, 2 salt and pepper shakers, cream, sugar, tea pot/coffee, a spoon… I’d like to send a picture of my set and the only imprint I have on the entire set.. one plate has the imprint stamped into it, the rest say Japan but they are for sure without a doubt to the set.. it’s the full dragon tea/coffee set. I’ve been trying to read on it, and I’m getting confused as to who I’m actually researching. I read everything you wrote, but mine does not have a sticker. It was a gift. I’d just like to know about it. Not wanting to now the price. Just the history.. thank you for reading this and please get bak to me! Have a great day!

  • Barbara J Contreras on

    I have a set (old man, old woman). Gold and red sticker “UCAGCO Ceramics Japan” that includes what appears to be a C over U mark. I’m assuming they’re from the 1950s…?

  • Sheena on

    I bought a set of 6 mugs today. UC&GC made in Korea? It’s a white sticker.

  • Jody Mamone on

    Yes – same company. My family bought the company from Simmons in the 80s and it was still in New Orleans. I actually have some very large Rooster and Roses samples later made in China but never retailed. So they are the very last pieces that could be said to have been made for this company.

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