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 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
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
$7.96
Vintage Crockery Stoneware Covered Casserole Holt Howard USA 975 REDUCED
Vintage Crockery Stoneware Covered Casserole Holt Howard USA 975 REDUCED
$40.00
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
$23.00
Mid century Holt Howard mustard yellow olive green stripes sugar bowl
Mid century Holt Howard mustard yellow olive green stripes sugar bowl
$24.00
Holt Howard Vintage set of 6 coffee cups 6 saucers RARE GREAT Condition
Holt Howard Vintage set of 6 coffee cups 6 saucers RARE GREAT Condition
$60.00
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
c1960s Holt Howard Italy Terracotta Pottery Pitcher HH Italy
$24.99
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
$23.00
Set 2 Vintage Holt Howard Giftware Group Brown  Beige Mugs soup bowls
Set 2 Vintage Holt Howard Giftware Group Brown Beige Mugs soup bowls
$12.00
VTG Holt Howard HH Italy Clay Pottery Yellow Orange Cup Mugs  Pitcher Set
VTG Holt Howard HH Italy Clay Pottery Yellow Orange Cup Mugs Pitcher Set
$100.00
2 Two 1962 Holt and Howard Made in Japan Coffee Tea Cup White Porcelain Saucers
2 Two 1962 Holt and Howard Made in Japan Coffee Tea Cup White Porcelain Saucers
$3.99
HOLT HOWARD SALT  PEPPER SHAKERS  MATCHING MINI CREAM PITCHER
HOLT HOWARD SALT PEPPER SHAKERS MATCHING MINI CREAM PITCHER
$19.80
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
2 Vintage HOLT HOWARD BISQUE CHERUB CANDLE HOLDERS ANGELS
$17.95
Vintage Mid Century 1963 Holt Howard Green Ceramic Coffee Mugs 3 Pieces
Vintage Mid Century 1963 Holt Howard Green Ceramic Coffee Mugs 3 Pieces
$15.00
Vtg 1958 Holt Howard Smiling Cat Wall Pocket Figurine Japan
Vtg 1958 Holt Howard Smiling Cat Wall Pocket Figurine Japan
$12.29
Vintage 1962 Holt Howard Orange Juice Pitcher Japan
Vintage 1962 Holt Howard Orange Juice Pitcher Japan
$9.50
Holt Howard 4 Bill of Fare Bread Plates Vintage
Holt Howard 4 Bill of Fare Bread Plates Vintage
$12.50
TROPICAL 60s HOLT HOWARD Ceramic CANTALOUPE Coffee Set MADE IN JAPAN
TROPICAL 60s HOLT HOWARD Ceramic CANTALOUPE Coffee Set MADE IN JAPAN
$29.99
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
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
$14.99
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
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
Holt Howard Mice S P shakers in excellent condition
Holt Howard Mice S P shakers in excellent condition
$49.00
Vitntage HH Holt Howard Coffee Mug Stoneware Pottery mug Label EUC
Vitntage HH Holt Howard Coffee Mug Stoneware Pottery mug Label EUC
$9.74
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 Cozy Kitten Cottage Cheese Container
Holt Howard Cozy Kitten Cottage Cheese Container
$50.00
VINTAGE Holt Howard Christmas Tree Napkin Holder 5 Made in Japan
VINTAGE Holt Howard Christmas Tree Napkin Holder 5 Made in Japan
$50.00
1962 Holt Howard BRONZIK coffee pot brown  white with platinum scroll designs
1962 Holt Howard BRONZIK coffee pot brown white with platinum scroll designs
$25.00
Holt Howard Japan Pottery Mug Cobalt blue  Brown Pedestal Tall Mug
Holt Howard Japan Pottery Mug Cobalt blue Brown Pedestal Tall Mug
$19.99
Vintage  Rare Holt Howard Wall Pocket Sconce 3 D Eagle In Flight Made In Japan
Vintage Rare Holt Howard Wall Pocket Sconce 3 D Eagle In Flight Made In Japan
$23.99
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
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
2 Vintage Holt Howard Oval Platters Attention Womankind Elephant Stock Ad USA
2 Vintage Holt Howard Oval Platters Attention Womankind Elephant Stock Ad USA
$39.65
Holt Howard Rooster Salt Pepper Ashtray
Holt Howard Rooster Salt Pepper Ashtray
$24.00
Holt And Howard Cats Kissing Cottage Cheese Container 1958
Holt And Howard Cats Kissing Cottage Cheese Container 1958
$30.00
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
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
Howard Holt 1958 pheasant wall pockets
Howard Holt 1958 pheasant wall pockets
$70.00


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