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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Vintage TOP O THE MORNING SWANKY EGG CUP JAPAN HOLT HOWARD
Vintage TOP O THE MORNING SWANKY EGG CUP JAPAN HOLT HOWARD
$19.95
Holt Howard 4 Bill of Fare Bread Plates Vintage
Holt Howard 4 Bill of Fare Bread Plates Vintage
$20.00
4 1959 HOLT HOWARD Christmas Elf Pixie Cups
4 1959 HOLT HOWARD Christmas Elf Pixie Cups
$29.99
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Tea Pot Creamer 2 Cruets Set 7pcs
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Tea Pot Creamer 2 Cruets Set 7pcs
$75.99
5 Vintage Holt Howard Japan Rice Grain Footed Mugs With Labels HTF
5 Vintage Holt Howard Japan Rice Grain Footed Mugs With Labels HTF
$119.99
italian art ceramic Canteloupe TUREEN w Ladle and 4 Howard Holt bowls
italian art ceramic Canteloupe TUREEN w Ladle and 4 Howard Holt bowls
$349.00
TROPICAL 60s HOLT HOWARD Ceramic CANTALOUPE Coffee Mugs MADE IN JAPAN
TROPICAL 60s HOLT HOWARD Ceramic CANTALOUPE Coffee Mugs MADE IN JAPAN
$19.99
TROPICAL 60s HOLT HOWARD Ceramic CANTALOUPE Coffee Set MADE IN JAPAN
TROPICAL 60s HOLT HOWARD Ceramic CANTALOUPE Coffee Set MADE IN JAPAN
$24.99
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CREAMER
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CREAMER
$16.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE NAPKIN HOLDER
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE NAPKIN HOLDER
$28.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE 2 CANDLE HOLDERS
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE 2 CANDLE HOLDERS
$25.00
Vintage Holt Howard Planter Holiday Boot with Holly Berries
Vintage Holt Howard Planter Holiday Boot with Holly Berries
$13.95
Holt Howard Lemons On A Leaf 5 Bowls Bright Yellow Center Vintage Lot Of 2
Holt Howard Lemons On A Leaf 5 Bowls Bright Yellow Center Vintage Lot Of 2
$24.00
Vintage Holt Howard ATTENTION WOMANKIND Oval Platter USA
Vintage Holt Howard ATTENTION WOMANKIND Oval Platter USA
$25.49
RARE Vintage Holt Howard USA Horse Drawn Fire Engine Oven Proof Coffee Mug Cup
RARE Vintage Holt Howard USA Horse Drawn Fire Engine Oven Proof Coffee Mug Cup
$49.99
SWEET  CHARMING VINTAGE HOLT HOWARD JAPAN CHRISTMAS HOLLY CANDLE HOLDER SET
SWEET CHARMING VINTAGE HOLT HOWARD JAPAN CHRISTMAS HOLLY CANDLE HOLDER SET
$7.99
4 Holt Howard Pedestal Irish Coffee Mugs Cups Green Striped 8312
4 Holt Howard Pedestal Irish Coffee Mugs Cups Green Striped 8312
$17.99
Vintage Holt Howard The Greatest Show On Earth Coffee Mug Performing Animals b19
Vintage Holt Howard The Greatest Show On Earth Coffee Mug Performing Animals b19
$14.99
Holt Howard Lidded Sugar and Creamer  Japan Vintage and Charming
Holt Howard Lidded Sugar and Creamer Japan Vintage and Charming
$8.00
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
$24.99
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 HOLT HOWARD IRONSTONE PLATTER Transfer Ware Advertising
Vintage HOLT HOWARD IRONSTONE PLATTER Transfer Ware Advertising
$25.99
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Sugar  Creamer Mid Century
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Sugar Creamer Mid Century
$19.95
Vintage Pair Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Egg Cups Mid Century
Vintage Pair Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Egg Cups Mid Century
$19.95
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Gravy Boat Mid Century
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Gravy Boat Mid Century
$24.95
HOLT HOWARD 1960 Lot of 3 ROOSTER teabag holder nut or candy dish
HOLT HOWARD 1960 Lot of 3 ROOSTER teabag holder nut or candy dish
$23.37
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster 2 Snack Plates  1 Cup Mid Century
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster 2 Snack Plates 1 Cup Mid Century
$19.95
HOLT HOWARD SALT  PEPPER SHAKERS  MATCHING MINI CREAM PITCHER
HOLT HOWARD SALT PEPPER SHAKERS MATCHING MINI CREAM PITCHER
$18.70
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
$25.88
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
$17.95
Super Cool Mid Century Modern HOLT HOWARD Coffee Mug 1966 Japan ORANGE
Super Cool Mid Century Modern HOLT HOWARD Coffee Mug 1966 Japan ORANGE
$12.99
2 Holt Howard Flying Duck Geese Wall Pockets 1958
2 Holt Howard Flying Duck Geese Wall Pockets 1958
$39.99
Vintage 1962 Holt Howard Ceramic Rooster Coq Rouge Pair Candle Holders MIJ Japan
Vintage 1962 Holt Howard Ceramic Rooster Coq Rouge Pair Candle Holders MIJ Japan
$27.99
Vintage 1964 Holt Howard Ceramic Rooster Coq Rouge Figural Spoon Rest Dish MIJ
Vintage 1964 Holt Howard Ceramic Rooster Coq Rouge Figural Spoon Rest Dish MIJ
$13.49
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CUP MUG  SAUCER
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CUP MUG SAUCER
$13.00
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
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
Holt Howard Best Virginia Tobacco Mug Stein Colonial America Native Tobacciana
Holt Howard Best Virginia Tobacco Mug Stein Colonial America Native Tobacciana
$13.49
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


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