Tag Archives: Japan ceramics

Holt Howard Japan 1959 Christmas Angel Shakers

24 Nov

holt howard angel shakers


Christmas angel salt and pepper shakers from Holt Howard, ca 1959. These shakers have their original stickers on the bottoms and the date is clearly marked.  They do not appear to have been used. The trim on the bottom of the dresses and around the heads “referred to as ‘spaghetti trim'” is in good condition.

They will be for sale in my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.  Almonte is just 30 minutes west of the city of Ottawa, ON.  The market has 55 different antique vendors and it is open all year round, every day from 10am to 5pm.

Priced at $25 for the pair.

The following is from the Kovel site: https://www.kovels.com/?sortby=Angel&option=com_datalists&view=category&catid=392. They have a list of values for Holt Howard items.

Holt-Howard was an importer that started working in New York City in 1949 and moved to Stamford, Connecticut, in 1955. John and Robert Howard and Grant Holt started Holt-Howard, whose first products were Christmas items made and sold in the United States. The company sold many types of table accessories, such as condiment jars, decanters, spoon holders, and saltshakers. The figures shown on some of its pieces had a cartoon-like quality. The company was bought out by General Housewares Corporation in 1969. Holt-Howard pieces are often marked with the name and the year or HH and the year stamped in black. The HH mark was used until 1974. There was also a black and silver label. Production of Holt-Howard ceased in 1990. Similar pieces are being made today by Grant Holt, one of the founders, and are marked GHA.

Please note these shakers have been SOLD!!

Mid 20th Century Ceramic Tiki Mugs, Hawaiian Themes

24 Nov








Tiki mugs are tall ceramic mugs that had their origin in mid-century American tiki bars and tropical themed restaurants, believed to have been pioneered by Don the Beachcomber which was one of the first Hawaiian/ Polynesian inspired tropical restaurants in the US, started by Donn Beach in California during the 1950’s.

Fruit laden cocktails were served in these ceramic drinking vessels that were known as Tiki mugs.

The term ‘Tiki’ describes any item that has a tropical, surf, Polynesian, Melanesian or similar imagery on them.  I have had ones with Hawaiin Gods, Wahini’s, Surfers, Faces with Fu Manchu mustaches, Hula Girls and various others.  Some are made by Orchids of Hawaii which started production in the early 1960’s and continued until 1991 when they went out f business and sold their molds to Dynasty Wholesale.  Most of the tiki mugs were manufactured in Japan and later in Taiwan or China.  The ones made in Japan are the most desirable and the earliest. Most of the Orchids of Hawaii mugs have catalogue numbers on the bottom.

The Mai-Kai mug in the above photo is from a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale Florida that opened in Dec 1956 and is still in operation today.  It is the last restaurant/bar in existence to serve the original drink recipes of Don The Beachcomer’s.

These mugs are for sale in my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill St, Almonte ON, just 30 minutes west of Ottawa.

The market is home to over 50 different vendors and is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm all year round.

The mugs are priced at between $8 and $12 each depending on rarity.


Japan Ceramics Mid 20th Century, Egg Shaped Shakers

5 Nov


Signed Japan on the bottom of the log that the 2  Anthropomorphic egg shaped shakers sit on.  Cute as can be, they are in great condition with no loss of paint.  Probably manufactured sometime in the 1950’s.  (Anthropomorphism, or personification, is attribution of human form or other characteristics to anything other than a human being)

Visit my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON. Open 7 days a week all year round. Please note that I do not ship items.

Priced at $10

Please note this is now SOLD!!

Mushroom Patterned Mugs, Made in Japan

14 Jun


Wonderful set of 4 colourful pedestal mugs, with pattern of mushrooms in blue, green and mustard yellow. These colours, and of course the mushrooms, are indicative of the late 60’s or early 70’s.  Japan manufactured a huge amount of colourful dishware for the North American market during this time period so it is still relatively easy to find and collect.  Finding items in mint condition is a little harder and prices usually reflect that.

These mugs are in wonderful condition and are on display and for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $20 for the set of 4.

Robert Steven Witkoff Modernist Style Teapot

23 Feb








I couldn’t find much on the designer of this unique looking stoneware teapot by Robert Steven Witkoff.  I believe this is from the early 1970’s. I did find one listing with the same teapot in it’s original box, which had  ‘Ellipse’ as the manufacturer.  I also found other Witkoff teapot listings which named International Silver as the manufacturer.  He also designed for Omni Ware.  All items appear to have been made in Japan.

The style is definitely modernist. The lid is set off center (to one side of the handle). The teapot measures about 9″x7″x61/4″.  The colour is more like the slightly yellower beige tone of the 2nd and 3rd photos but not as dark.

This will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON, just 30 minutes west of the city of Ottawa.

Priced at $55

Please note this item is now SOLD!!!

Vintage Lefton Poodle Condiment Jar and Egg Cups

10 May


Lefton poodle condiment or jelly jar and 2 egg cups.  Apparently these are rare items.  I saw the jam jar listed on ebay for $295.00.  Made in Japan for Lefton Co., mid century, for the export market.  Lefton continues to this day.

These will be listed on ebay for sale soon.

Please note: These items are now SOLD!!

Japan Ceramic Figural Decanters, Scotch and Gin

10 May



These are as cute and kitschy as you can get.  They are ceramic figural decanters made in Japan, for export, around the 60’s or 70’s.   They have removeable cork stopper heads.

For sale at my booth in Almonte On at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street.

Price is $ 20 each.

Please note: These items are now SOLD!!

Ceramic Beehive Measuring Cups Made in Japan

10 Nov

beehive measuring cups

Whimsical stacking beehive measuring cups with the added touch of bees for handles.  The photo shows them all stacked together.  Made in Japan in the 50’s and imported for the Western Market by Menschik Goldman Co.  They came in assorted colours.

Please note this item is now SOLD!!