Set 6 Vintage Holt Howard 1960 Christmas Cheerful Smiling Santa Mugs Cups Rare
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Set 6 Vintage Holt Howard 1960 Christmas Cheerful Smiling Santa Mugs Cups Rare:
Wonderful RARE Vintage Set of 6 Santa Mugs/Cups by Holt Howard ~ 1960Absolutely adorable design!!! Hard to find version ~ Cheerful wide smiling Santa face with open green eyes.These are in amazing condition for their age! I would say these were probably only ever displayed, did not see regular use for sure. Very minimal small scratches in a couple of spots of the red paint, more typical of storage and/or display wear. The red paint is glossy and in great condition, no flaking (there are some areas towards the top rim that look like they were not painted completely to the inner edge, doesn't look like wear). Flesh color of his face is more of an eggshell finish, all look very nice! These cups do show allover crazing typical of age.
5 out of the 6 still have the original green "MADE IN JAPAN" foil sticker on the bottoms.FLAWS: One mug does have a very thin hairline crack, I actually did not even notice until I was taking photos (see 2nd to last photo). Another has a pre-glaze hairline in the pottery side seam that only shows on the outside, I'm assuming it was fired/created this way and is not an actual crack (last photo). These all have some marks on the bottoms which were created more recently when these were being sold. There were numbers written on the bottoms of each cup in a dry erase type of ink, which did penetrate the crazing in the glaze in some areas (kind of a blue gray tint in the crazing, see photos). This is only on the very bottoms of the mugs (see photo of bottoms).These guys stand approx. 2 5/8" tall, 2 3/8" across the top, and nearly 4" across including handle. A must have for the collector!PLEASE SEE ALL PHOTOS AND ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE BUYING.I accept PayPal only, payment is due within 3 days.
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