Holt Howard

Does anyone know anything about Holt Howard Pixieware?

The fifties were a great period of design, with whimsical interpretations of lamps, french poodles, and other aspects of everyday life turned upside down from the proletarian design of the 1940s. Today, the 1950s and 1960s are one of the hottest collecting areas, and right up there with the very best is the "pixieware" of the Holt-Howard Company of Stamford, Connecticut. Holt-Howard was created in 1948 by John and Robert Howard and A. Grant Holt, and the Holt Howard company from the beginning concentrated production on whimsical kitchen items and giftware. Animal themes quickly made their way into the Holt Howard design, with rooster egg cups and cat string holders, and even Santa Claus worked his way in with his own cookie jar.

Pixieware is what the Holt Howard company is best remembered for, produced from about 1958 until the early 1960s. Holt Howard Pixieware is immediately recognizable for the elf heads which adorn the condiment jars and other kitchenware, painted with bright colors and clever facial expressions from happiness to sadness. The Holt Howard pixieware collection includes 12 different condiment jars, salt and pepper shakers, 3 liquor decanters, 5 cruets, and specialty items like ashtrays and ice cream sundae dishes. Holt-Howard production is marked Holt-Howard followed by the year of manufacture, plus Japan. Condiment jars are particularly collectible and are white with verticle stripes, and the name of the condiment is painted in black letters on the jar. For other Holt Howard pieces like liquor decanters, the name more commonly appears on the figure's head. The Holt Howard jar head has a spoon or two-pronged fork which went down into the jar and was used to scoop out the condiment.

Other manufacturers soon started copying Holt-Howard pixieware due to its popularity. Some of the companies to look for, which have become collected in their own right, are Davar, Lefton, Norcrest, M-G, and Lipper Mann. As with most collectibles, some pieces of pixieware are more common and less expensive than others; for pixieware, it tends to be the standard ketchup and mustard jars and other common condiments that are easiest to find. Rare pixieware includes specialty condiments such as Honey or Chili Sauce, or a variation like Instant Coffee. Holt-Howard pixieware commands by far the best prices. While you can still find pixieware at reasonable prices, be careful with the condition as many of the spoon/fork attachments to the lid have been broken over the years. Make sure that the head color and the color on the body of the jar are the same, and look for the Holt-Howard mark since most all H-H production was marked.

Holt-Howard ceased production in 1990.

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HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge CREAMER AND SUGAR BOWL with LID
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge CREAMER AND SUGAR BOWL with LID
$52.33
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge RARE Salt  Pepper Shakers
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge RARE Salt Pepper Shakers
$37.38
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge Egg Cup Holder
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge Egg Cup Holder
$14.95
Holt Howard Chattercoons Salty  Peppy Shakers Salt Pepper
Holt Howard Chattercoons Salty Peppy Shakers Salt Pepper
$14.99
Holt Howard Jolly Girl Salt Shaker
Holt Howard Jolly Girl Salt Shaker
$5.99
Vintage 1962 Holt Howard Love Bird Coffee Mug folk art
Vintage 1962 Holt Howard Love Bird Coffee Mug folk art
$4.99
Vintage 1966 Holt Howard 7930 Coffee Cup orange stripes lot of 22 cups only
Vintage 1966 Holt Howard 7930 Coffee Cup orange stripes lot of 22 cups only
$11.99
MIB Holt Howard Ballerina 2 Candle Holder 2 Hugger Climber Japan Art Pottery
MIB Holt Howard Ballerina 2 Candle Holder 2 Hugger Climber Japan Art Pottery
$50.00
1959 Holt Howard Ceramic Pouring Cup Chocolate Brown Glazed Ceramic Mid Century
1959 Holt Howard Ceramic Pouring Cup Chocolate Brown Glazed Ceramic Mid Century
$32.20
1964 Holt Howard Cereal Bowl Fruit Bowl Pattern VFC
1964 Holt Howard Cereal Bowl Fruit Bowl Pattern VFC
$4.05
Holt Howard 1959 Christmas Grren Holly Red Berries Salt  Pepper Shakers w tag
Holt Howard 1959 Christmas Grren Holly Red Berries Salt Pepper Shakers w tag
$23.29
VINTAGE HOLT HOWARD 6 VASE white with yellow stripes 1958
VINTAGE HOLT HOWARD 6 VASE white with yellow stripes 1958
$22.00
16pc lot vintage Christmas bone porcelain China MIKASA HOLT HOWARD LEFTON more
16pc lot vintage Christmas bone porcelain China MIKASA HOLT HOWARD LEFTON more
$49.99
HOLT HOWARD Striped Yellow Green Brown Set 4 Footed Mug1966 Vintage Japan 7931
HOLT HOWARD Striped Yellow Green Brown Set 4 Footed Mug1966 Vintage Japan 7931
$19.99
300 PROOF DEVILS BREW STRIPED BASE LIQUOR DECANTER HOLT HOWARD COLLECTION
300 PROOF DEVILS BREW STRIPED BASE LIQUOR DECANTER HOLT HOWARD COLLECTION
$55.00
Holt Howard 1965 Mid Century Modern Pitcher
Holt Howard 1965 Mid Century Modern Pitcher
$4.99
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
$17.95
Vintage Holt Howard 1966 Striped Blue Green Footed Mug Cup  7932 Japan
Vintage Holt Howard 1966 Striped Blue Green Footed Mug Cup 7932 Japan
$29.99
1966 VTG HOLT HOWARD JAPAN PORCELAIN MINI BOWL or SAUCER 7932
1966 VTG HOLT HOWARD JAPAN PORCELAIN MINI BOWL or SAUCER 7932
$5.99
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
$24.99
Vintage Holt Howard Best Virginia Oven Proof
Vintage Holt Howard Best Virginia Oven Proof
$19.99
4 1959 HOLT HOWARD Christmas Elf Pixie Cups
4 1959 HOLT HOWARD Christmas Elf Pixie Cups
$49.99
HOLT HOWARD COZY KITTEN BUD VASE TOM CHARMERS
HOLT HOWARD COZY KITTEN BUD VASE TOM CHARMERS
$65.00
Lot Of 13 Holt Howard Bronzik Coffee Cups 1962 Japan
Lot Of 13 Holt Howard Bronzik Coffee Cups 1962 Japan
$95.95
PRICE GUIDE TO HOLT HOWARD COLLECTIBLES AND RELATED CERAMICWARE OF THE 50s
PRICE GUIDE TO HOLT HOWARD COLLECTIBLES AND RELATED CERAMICWARE OF THE 50s
$14.00
Vintage Holt Howard mug blue flower paisley pedestal cup 1964 HH Set of 3
Vintage Holt Howard mug blue flower paisley pedestal cup 1964 HH Set of 3
$19.99
Vintage 1959 Holt Howard Christmas Lady Head Vase Planter Glass Earrings
Vintage 1959 Holt Howard Christmas Lady Head Vase Planter Glass Earrings
$64.99
Vintage HOLT HOWARD TEAPOT COFFEE POT MID CENTURY DANISH MODERN BLACK
Vintage HOLT HOWARD TEAPOT COFFEE POT MID CENTURY DANISH MODERN BLACK
$39.95
Holt Howard blue and White abstract floral art covered bowl sugar candy dish
Holt Howard blue and White abstract floral art covered bowl sugar candy dish
$25.00
Holt Howard Footed Mugs 1966 Japan 7931 Green Multi Color Retro 3 Mugs Vintage
Holt Howard Footed Mugs 1966 Japan 7931 Green Multi Color Retro 3 Mugs Vintage
$14.95
Vtg Set of 2 Bisque Porcelain Holt Howard 3 D Mallard Duck Wall pockets Marked
Vtg Set of 2 Bisque Porcelain Holt Howard 3 D Mallard Duck Wall pockets Marked
$299.99
Vintage 1966 Holt Howard 7930 Made in Japan Coffee Cup with orange stripes
Vintage 1966 Holt Howard 7930 Made in Japan Coffee Cup with orange stripes
$10.95
5 VTG 1964 HOLT HOWARD 3 5 8 BANDED  BLUEBERRY DECORATED COFFEE CUPS MUGS
5 VTG 1964 HOLT HOWARD 3 5 8 BANDED BLUEBERRY DECORATED COFFEE CUPS MUGS
$19.95
Holt Howard Cozy Kitten Cottage Cheese Container
Holt Howard Cozy Kitten Cottage Cheese Container
$50.00
Holt Howard Japan Pottery Mug Cobalt blue  Brown Pedestal Tall Mug
Holt Howard Japan Pottery Mug Cobalt blue Brown Pedestal Tall Mug
$15.99
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE 2 CANDLE HOLDERS
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE 2 CANDLE HOLDERS
$17.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE NAPKIN HOLDER
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE NAPKIN HOLDER
$19.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CREAMER
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CREAMER
$7.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE PLATE 8 1 2
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE PLATE 8 1 2
$8.00
4 HOLT HOWARD ORANGE CERAMIC JUICE GLASSES 325 1962 EUC Few Nicks in Paint
4 HOLT HOWARD ORANGE CERAMIC JUICE GLASSES 325 1962 EUC Few Nicks in Paint
$9.95


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