UCAGCO marked pieces of Christmas Ceramic Figurines are almost always marked Made in Japan and like other importers, one might assume that they were a Japanese company. Not so, as this brief history details.
The offices of United China and Glass Company (UCAGCO) were based in New Orleans and New York. Ucagco was primarily a distributor of dinnerware and glassware. They were the distributor of many Japanese china patterns during the early 1950s.
United China & Glass Co. Inc., dates back to 1850. Founded by Abe Mayer and originally called Abe Mayer & Co., the importer did business throughout the Southeast U.S. as well as Central and South America. In the 1930s that the company took on the official trademark of UCAGCO and began expanding overseas. After WWII, the company’s agent in Japan, S.A. Stolaroff signed the very first contract allowing imports from Japan. A talented ceramic designer himself, Stolaroff worked alongside many Japanese potteries to lead the company’s line of ceramics. In 1956, UCAGCO was sold to Sammons Enterprises.