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.

Find Holt Howard On eBay Below:

VINTAGE Holt Howard Christmas Tree Napkin Holder 5 Made in Japan
VINTAGE Holt Howard Christmas Tree Napkin Holder 5 Made in Japan
$50.00
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
$24.99
HOLT HOWARD SALT  PEPPER SHAKERS  MATCHING MINI CREAM PITCHER
HOLT HOWARD SALT PEPPER SHAKERS MATCHING MINI CREAM PITCHER
$19.80
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
$22.00
VTG SMALL HOLT HOWARD PORCELAIN CREAMER CROCK 1958 w TEAL STRIPES 2
VTG SMALL HOLT HOWARD PORCELAIN CREAMER CROCK 1958 w TEAL STRIPES 2
$25.50
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
$14.99
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
$24.99
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
$17.95
1966 VTG HOLT HOWARD JAPAN PORCELAIN MINI BOWL or SAUCER 7932
1966 VTG HOLT HOWARD JAPAN PORCELAIN MINI BOWL or SAUCER 7932
$5.99
COOL VINTAGE HOLT HOWARD APPLE KITCHEN WALL POCKET
COOL VINTAGE HOLT HOWARD APPLE KITCHEN WALL POCKET
$5.99
2 Vintage Holt Howard Japan Spaghetti Flower Cream and Gold Candle Holders
2 Vintage Holt Howard Japan Spaghetti Flower Cream and Gold Candle Holders
$21.00
Holt Howard Green Multi Color Footed Mugs 1966 Japan 7931 Retro 3 Mugs Vintage
Holt Howard Green Multi Color Footed Mugs 1966 Japan 7931 Retro 3 Mugs Vintage
$14.95
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
Antique Holt Howard Ironstone Platter Transferware Advertising Womankind Sell
Antique Holt Howard Ironstone Platter Transferware Advertising Womankind Sell
$89.00
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
Vintage 50s HOLT HOWARD Pixieware Jam Jelly JAR with Pixie SPOON VGUC Label
Vintage 50s HOLT HOWARD Pixieware Jam Jelly JAR with Pixie SPOON VGUC Label
$158.04
Vintage Holt Howard 11 3 4 Oval Plate Platter Advertising Aeolus Gaspipe
Vintage Holt Howard 11 3 4 Oval Plate Platter Advertising Aeolus Gaspipe
$4.99
Holt Howard Cozy Kitten Cottage Cheese Container
Holt Howard Cozy Kitten Cottage Cheese Container
$50.00
Lot Of 13 Holt Howard Bronzik Coffee Cups 1962 Japan
Lot Of 13 Holt Howard Bronzik Coffee Cups 1962 Japan
$59.95
1962 Vintage HOLT HOWARD MID CENTURY MODERN BRONZIK BOWLS PLATE BOWL ATOMIC
1962 Vintage HOLT HOWARD MID CENTURY MODERN BRONZIK BOWLS PLATE BOWL ATOMIC
$49.00
Holt Howard Japan Pottery Mug Cobalt blue  Brown Pedestal Tall Mug
Holt Howard Japan Pottery Mug Cobalt blue Brown Pedestal Tall Mug
$17.99
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge CREAMER AND SUGAR BOWL with LID
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge CREAMER AND SUGAR BOWL with LID
$55.86
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge Egg Cup Holder
HOLT HOWARD Rooster Coq Rouge Egg Cup Holder
$15.95
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 Rooster Salt Pepper Ashtray
Holt Howard Rooster Salt Pepper Ashtray
$24.00
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
Antique Holt Howard Ironstone Platter Transferware Advertising Womankind Sell
Antique Holt Howard Ironstone Platter Transferware Advertising Womankind Sell
$28.00
2 Holt Howard Vintage Mid Century Pottery Coffee Mugs Victory Eagle and Fox Hunt
2 Holt Howard Vintage Mid Century Pottery Coffee Mugs Victory Eagle and Fox Hunt
$12.00
Holt Howard Best Virginia Tobacco Mug Stein Colonial Trading Ship Tobacciana
Holt Howard Best Virginia Tobacco Mug Stein Colonial Trading Ship Tobacciana
$15.00
1958 HOLT HOWARD CANDLE HOLDER DISINER FLOWERS FINE CHINA
1958 HOLT HOWARD CANDLE HOLDER DISINER FLOWERS FINE CHINA
$25.99
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CREAMER
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CREAMER
$7.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE NAPKIN HOLDER
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE NAPKIN HOLDER
$19.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE 2 CANDLE HOLDERS
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE 2 CANDLE HOLDERS
$17.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE PLATE 8 1 2
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE PLATE 8 1 2
$8.00
Vintage MID CENTURY DANISH MODERN HOLT HOWARD COFFEE MUG CUP APPLE 1962
Vintage MID CENTURY DANISH MODERN HOLT HOWARD COFFEE MUG CUP APPLE 1962
$16.95
HOLT HOWARD WHISKEY WHIMSY LIQUOR BOTTLE BRACELET GIN
HOLT HOWARD WHISKEY WHIMSY LIQUOR BOTTLE BRACELET GIN
$225.00
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
$7.67
Holt Howard Mid Century Santa Claus Salt  Pepper Shakers 5 tall
Holt Howard Mid Century Santa Claus Salt Pepper Shakers 5 tall
$19.95


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