Thanks for the vote of confidence ironlord this is what I have turned up and you are correct!! A search for “Norleans” resulted in figurines & such with labels marked “Italian,” “Japan,” and “Korea.” Norleans was a brand name dating from the late 1950s through the early 1970s used by a US wholesaler of generic giftware, many pieces of which were knockoffs of brand names even hummel copycats. I was not able to locate the wholesaler’s name or more US company info. but will try again later
Ironlord I do not think they are very sought after collectibles Of the 244 Norleans pieces listed today on eBay + 53 china , only three have attracted bids. Opening bid requests range from $0.98 to $95.00 . The obvious conclusion is that there is little to no secondary market for Norleans items.