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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Lot Of 13 Holt Howard Bronzik Coffee Cups 1962 Japan
Lot Of 13 Holt Howard Bronzik Coffee Cups 1962 Japan
$59.95
Vintage Holt Howard Candle Holders Flower Frogs 1958
Vintage Holt Howard Candle Holders Flower Frogs 1958
$8.99
Vintage Holt Howard Cottage Cheese Crock with Cozy Kitten Couple
Vintage Holt Howard Cottage Cheese Crock with Cozy Kitten Couple
$35.00
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Salt  Pepper Shakers Mid Century
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Salt Pepper Shakers Mid Century
$14.95
Vintage Pair Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Vinegar Cruet by Holt Howard
Vintage Pair Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Vinegar Cruet by Holt Howard
$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
$24.95
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Sugar  Creamer Mid Century
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Sugar Creamer Mid Century
$29.95
Vintage Coq Rouge Signed Rooster 8 Dinner Plate by Holt Howard
Vintage Coq Rouge Signed Rooster 8 Dinner Plate by Holt Howard
$19.95
Vintage Pair Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Egg Cups by Holt Howard
Vintage Pair Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Egg Cups by Holt Howard
$14.95
2 Vintage Holt Howard Japan Spaghetti Flower Cream and Gold Candle Holders
2 Vintage Holt Howard Japan Spaghetti Flower Cream and Gold Candle Holders
$16.00
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 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
$24.95
6 1962 HOLT HOWARD 3 1 4 JUICE TUMBLERS ONLY FOR THE COQ ROUGE PITCHER
6 1962 HOLT HOWARD 3 1 4 JUICE TUMBLERS ONLY FOR THE COQ ROUGE PITCHER
$12.75
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
$24.99
Holt Howard Two coffee mugs solid gray and brown Danish modern look MINT
Holt Howard Two coffee mugs solid gray and brown Danish modern look MINT
$17.90
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
$23.01
HOLT HOWARD SALT  PEPPER SHAKERS  MATCHING MINI CREAM PITCHER
HOLT HOWARD SALT PEPPER SHAKERS MATCHING MINI CREAM PITCHER
$19.80
Beautiful Vintage 1959 Holt Howard 4 Lady Head Vase 119
Beautiful Vintage 1959 Holt Howard 4 Lady Head Vase 119
$26.00
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CUP MUG  SAUCER
HOLT HOWARD COQ ROUGE CUP MUG SAUCER
$13.00
Beautiful Vintage 1959 Holt Howard Japan 4 Lady Head Vase 113
Beautiful Vintage 1959 Holt Howard Japan 4 Lady Head Vase 113
$25.00
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
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
$16.15
Lefton French Dressing Cruet Featured in Dworkin Holt Howard Guide
Lefton French Dressing Cruet Featured in Dworkin Holt Howard Guide
$49.00
1966 VTG HOLT HOWARD JAPAN PORCELAIN MINI BOWL or SAUCER 7932
1966 VTG HOLT HOWARD JAPAN PORCELAIN MINI BOWL or SAUCER 7932
$5.99
HOLT HOWARD COZY KITTEN BUD VASE TOM CHARMERS
HOLT HOWARD COZY KITTEN BUD VASE TOM CHARMERS
$65.00
Vintage Pair Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Egg Cups by Holt Howard
Vintage Pair Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Egg Cups by Holt Howard
$19.99
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 Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Chocolate Coffee Pot Mid Century
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Chocolate Coffee Pot Mid Century
$44.95
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Gravy Boat Mid Century
Vintage Holt Howard Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Gravy Boat Mid Century
$34.95
French ART DECO Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Chicken Coffee Pot PRE HOLT HOWARD
French ART DECO Coq Rouge Signed Rooster Chicken Coffee Pot PRE HOLT HOWARD
$129.99
300 PROOF DEVILS BREW STRIPED BASE LIQUOR DECANTER HOLT HOWARD COLLECTION
300 PROOF DEVILS BREW STRIPED BASE LIQUOR DECANTER HOLT HOWARD COLLECTION
$45.00
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
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
Vintage HOLT HOWARD TEAPOT COFFEE POT MID CENTURY DANISH MODERN BLACK
Vintage HOLT HOWARD TEAPOT COFFEE POT MID CENTURY DANISH MODERN BLACK
$35.95
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
$180.62
Antique Holt Howard Ironstone Platter Transferware Advertising Womankind Sell
Antique Holt Howard Ironstone Platter Transferware Advertising Womankind Sell
$85.96
Holt Howard Mice S P shakers in excellent condition
Holt Howard Mice S P shakers in excellent condition
$55.00
VINTAGE Holt Howard Christmas Tree Napkin Holder 5 Made in Japan
VINTAGE Holt Howard Christmas Tree Napkin Holder 5 Made in Japan
$50.00
Holt And Howard Cats Kissing Cottage Cheese Container 1958
Holt And Howard Cats Kissing Cottage Cheese Container 1958
$38.00


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