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Davar Pixies - The Davar pixies have are flat headed and are similar in shape and size to Holt-Howard pixies.  Typically the Davar spoon will fit in a HH jar and visa versa.  The stripes of the Davar pixie base are horizontal and they have little arms.  The lettering of the condiment on the base is written either in script or block style - script will have a floppy haired pixie top, block will have the hair standing up straight.  The quality of Davar is lesser than that of the Holt-Howard line.  The pixie tops must have been placed horizontal with the back collar and back of the head touching something when their paint was drying as you almost always see manufacturing firing flaws in those areas.  The color of the skin can range from real light, almost almond, to a flesh color.  The lines on the jars sometimes look like a nervous person painted them on.   And I have seen glazed over chips on the ears.  You will often see little paint splatters and glaze pops but, for all their manufacturing flaws, they are still really cute and highly collectable.  Davar also made a cute horseradish nodder condiment holder, and a garlic condiment that are quite rare. 

Pill Boy Nodders - The pill boys aren't really pixies but nodders, however some people like to call them pixies.  There were six of them - Asprin, Pills for Chills, Lan Sakes Take these for Headaches, Tranquilizers, Hay Fever Pills, and Pep-up Pills - they came in a box together.  The head is attached to the collar with a spring which makes the head nod back and forth. Up inside the head is a brown stopper so the head doesn't come off the spring.  They came in Pink, Yellow and Blue stripes and were made in 1958 and 1959.  They are cute but like their pixie condiments, there are always a lot of flaws on them most of the time.  People get the heads mismatched, and the brown stopper is missing on the top of the spring so the head falls off the spring.  I think the reason we don't see them that much is that they are so fragile and topple over easily and break.  They aren't air tight, so really not useful as pill holders - they are just a cute item you may want to collect! 

Lefton Pixies - There were two flavors of Lefton Pixies:  the ones made in the US and the ones made for Canadian distribution (which have the ESD label).  Both the US and Canada Lefton pixies have round heads and the stripes are horizontal.  They are larger than the HH and Davar pixie - the spoon is too long to fit in a Davar or HH pixie bottom.  The necks of the Lefton pixie is thicker than Davar and Holt Howard, therefore you don't see them broken as often.... however, I have seen my share of broken ones!  The quality is similar to that of Holt Howard.  Lefton made a Jam, Marmalade, Instant Coffee, Mustard, Ketchup, Cocktail Olives, Cocktail Cherries, Relish, Sweetie Syrup, Salt & Pepper, and Santa/Mrs Santa  pixie condiment.  Lefton also made a cocktail set consisting of a small Cocktail Onions and Cocktail Cherries pixie sitting on a tray (which had the cocktail drink names on it). The cocktail set is much smaller than the other pixies.  There were a few "human head" Lefton condiments like the Instant Coffee and Cocktail Cherries below, and there were the French, Italian & Russian Salad Dressing Pixies.

MG Dolly Girl Pixies - Menschik-Goldman, Inc. introduced their line in 1960 as "Dolly Girls.".  These are more "little girls" than "pixies", however because they have a spoon attached to the head, they are often referred to as pixies.  Each little girl head is flat and has a bow.  The bow matches the color of the dots and collar on her dress. They are about 5" tall but the Saccharin condiment is half the size of the other condiments.  The most common flaw on these are the paint loss.  The Dolly Girls came as:  cream, sugar, mustard, ketchup, jam, relish, match holders, saccharin and salt/pepper shakers.

Lipper & Mann Flower Girl Pixies - These little L&M Flower Girls sure are cute.  All have round heads with little bonnets.  Excellent quality but those flower bonnets chip really easily.   All the pieces to this set are girls that have similar white bases decorated with small green daisies but the flower on their head is a different color.  These had a red Lipper & Mann label and numeric markings on the bottom, most of which are 23/71.  Some of the pieces were made with 2 different flower heads - instant coffee had a pink or yellow top, salt had purple or blue, and pepper had yellow and pink.  Mustard also had a yellow top, and Ketchup also had a pink top.... but the instant coffee doesn't fit any other jar so you can't get them mixed up.  There is also a boy and girl jelly made by Lipper that don't look anything like the Flower girls but I've added a picture at the bottom.  . 

Jolly Girl Pixie - The "Jolly Floral Girls" have never appeared with a signature or manufacturer's label. I once attended a major collectibles show and was fortunate enough to find the salt and pepper set in mint condition in its original box. All that was printed on the box cover was "Jolly salt and pepper set." Jolly Floral Girls seem to share the same type hairdos, similar dresses and a close family resemblance to each other, but they have different shaped eyes. When purchasing Jolly Floral Girls, the novice collector should make sure the color of the bow in the girl's hair matches her shoes and the flowers on her dress; this will ensure the head is correctly matched with the base.  To my knowledge, the Jolly Girl is the only other pixie besides Holt Howard that had a Honey Jar.

Black Americana Pixies - Now this one you don't see often.  Only the Catsup and Mustard were made in this line.  They were sold in a set with napkins and placemats.  The pixie head is flat headed, the jar is flat too (rather than round like most of them), and the collar is oblong rather than round.  The box says "Decorative Ensemble by Barth and Dreyfuss" and on the bottom of the pieces is a NASCO label. These are expensive if you can find them, evidently there were not many made.

Blondie Pixies - Cute round headed pixies that all have blonde hair.  They have vertical stripes and the jar is more "hour glass" shaped with arms.  The quality is so-so and the spoon is a bit straight and narrow.  I have seen the Jam, Ketchup, Mustard and Relish.  No one seems to know who made these and we just call them "Blondie.".

Kreiss Pixies - I have only seen the Ketchup and Mustard in Kreiss.

Beatson Pixies - These pixies don't have stripes but rather are two-toned and have little buttons on the jar.  Their heads are round and I have seen them in the common condiments Jam, Ketchup, Mustard.  They also made some cocktail ones that are taller... same round head and spoon attached.  They are about 5.5" tall and none of the pieces are marked Beatson... rather the Japan label or a sticker that reads Japan.  Their buttons match the head color

Swirl Girl Pixies - The Swirl Girl pixies have swirling vertical stripes with girl heads.  So-so quality.  I have seen the common condiments Jam, Ketchup, Mustard, Cherry, Olive and Onion.  Although called Swirl "girls", there is one boy - the Olive jar.  These are unmarked and no one really knows who made them so we all call them "Swirl Girls."

Commodore - Commodore made the mustard and ketchup girl pixies and they also made a Santa and Mrs Clause pixie.  The Yellow top is for ketchupwo pixies and they are a combination of a head jar and a pixie.

Chef Pixies - There were a number of Chef condiments made.  The ones on the bottom row have the correct head with the bottom.  On that set you often will see mismatches as the head really goes with any of the condiment - but the girl is for the jam and mustard, the boy is for the ketchup and relish.  All these chef sets had spoons attached to the head..