Holt Howard

Holt-Howard was founded in 1949, in Manhattan, New York, by Grant Holt and his brothers John Howard and Robert Howard. They produced collectible ceramics and figurines, Christmas items, table accessories and the popular Pixieware. Due to their success, in 1955, they expanded their operations and moved to Stamford, Connecticut, while maintaining their showroom in New York. They also added a showroom in Los Angeles.

One of Holt-Howard’s most popular lines was Pixieware, which was produced from 1958 until 1962. These containers and condiment jars had whimsical pixie heads.

In 1969, Holt-Howard was bought out by General Housewares who produced Holt-Howard until 1990. That year it was sold to Kay Dee Designs of Rhode Island. Grant Holt, one of the original founders makes similar pieces today.

Holt Howard Marks
Most were marked with an ink stamp and a date, the smaller pieces usually just had a foil sticker since they were too small for a stamp
Holt Howard and the year made
HH and the year stamped in black ink until 1974
Black and silver label or foil sticker
Japan for items produced abroad
GHA for pieces made today by Grant Hold, one of the founders

Popular Holt Howard Lines, Products
1958
1959
Angel-Abra
Cat
Christmas line – ashtray, bell, bottle opener, candleholder, cookie jar, creamer, napkin holder, pitcher, planter, vase
Cows – creamer, milk glass, salt and pepper shakers
Cozy Kittens – ashtray, bud vase, butter dish, condiment jar, cookie jar, cream crock, meow mug, soap shaker, string holder
Dandy-Lion – bobbing bank
Daisy ‘Dorables – bookend wall pocket planter
Easter – candelabra, candle climber, candleholder, egg cups
Jeeves – ashtray, chip dish, liquor decanter, martini shaker set
Kitchen Cubs – notepad holder
Li’L Old Lace – candleholder, floral vase
Merry Maids
Merry Mouse – cocktail kibitzers, coaster, crock
Minnie & Moby Mermaids – cotton ball dispenser, matchbox holder, pill box, powder box
Moo Cow – salt and pepper shaker
Peepin’ Tom & Tweetie Birds – butter dish, candleholder
Pelican Pete – storage container, tape dispenser
Pixieware – bottle bracelets, condiment jar, hanging planter, oil cruet
Pottery
Red Rooster, “Coq Rouge” – coffee mug, dinner plate, pitcher
Salt And Pepper Shakers
Santa
Table Accessories – condiment jars, decanters, salt shakers, spoon holders
Tigers
Wee Wings – candle rings
Winking Wabbits – shakers

Holt Howard Value, Price Guide
Mid $$ – Mid $$$


1 Comment

  1. Laura Gingerich September 30, 2013

    Hi,
    I have three very interesting white pottery cups with gold handles. They’re signed by “Holt”. I’m wondering if Grant Holt made pottery before he and Howard partnered up.
    Thanks,
    Laura

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