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Lenox Spice Jars – Cats of Distinction – A Collector’s Item

I have always loved cats, to the point where I even purchased a set of Lenox spice jars called “Cats of Distinction.”

Anyone who looks on eBay, Ruby Lane, or other sites that sell vintage items will see old kitchen items that you may have used at some point being offered for sale. 

Today, I discovered that my lovely Lenox cat spice jars are now in that category.

I discovered this little gem of information when I was responding to a comment on a recent recipe for snicker doodle bread.  The lady who wrote the comment asked me where she could purchase the cat spice jars shown in one of the photos.  

I responded by telling her that I had purchased them in Australia about 30 years ago and doubted you could purchase them now.

After I replied to my reader’s comment, I searched in Google for “cat spice jars,” and lo and behold, there was my Lenox spice jar set!  

Lenox Cats of Distinction spice jars.

I grow herbs year round in my yard, and dry them at the end of the season. Having a nice set of spice jars gives me a place to store them. I love the way the coloring of the cats is aligned to the color of the herb.

Also, my favorite herbs – rosemary, basil, oregano and thyme all have  jar named for them, so they are always handy when I am cooking.

Lenox Cats of Distinction spice jars gave increased in value

They were made by Lenox China in 1995 and are being offered now by many online sellers. The jars are porcelain and are embellished with 22k gold detailing

I even found out that this little beauty called “Nutmeg” was available for $40.99 one day! It appears that Nutmeg is a rarity!

Nutmeg Spice jar from Lenox cats of distinction

The moral of the story is….don’t throw out old kitchen items until you check value of them.  I paid $2.99 each for my jars. 

Granted, this was 30 years ago, or so, but even counting for inflation, these jars have made me a tidy profit.

My daughter has dibs on my Lenox spice jar set already for when I am gone. Who knows what they will be worth then?

Do you have any household items that have turned into investments for you?  Please leave your comments below.

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Lenox Cats of Distinction spice jars in a wooden rack.

Where can I purchase these Lenox spice jars?

I’ve had so many requests to purchase these, that I thought my readers might want to find places where they have them for sale.

One place to look is in consignment shops. My husband and I routinely visit these shops and wander around looking for treasures. I’ve seen them often, for sale.

There are many places online where you may be able to find them:

  • Replacements Ltd  – Have individual jars for sale. Most range from $20 to $40 each. 
  • Etsy is a good place for older household items. The last time I checked they had Nutmeg for sale for a good price.
  • Ebay has both complete sets and individual jars for sale.

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Spice jars with cats on them and words Lenox Cats of Distinction.

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Sunday 13th of October 2019

Its even better😀i can pick it up monday for 75€ 50 kilometers from home. When i see another one here in the Netherlands i will let you know.have a nice day.


Saturday 12th of October 2019

I see on a second hand market place here in the Netherlans, the rack inluding 24 jars for 100€. I hope i can make a deal😀

Carol Speake

Saturday 12th of October 2019

Goo luck. That is a good price for them!


Monday 7th of January 2019

I was gifted a set as well about 5 years ago. I just put in my curio and really have no clue what to do with them.


Tuesday 8th of January 2019

I put spices in mine and use them everyday! Carol


Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Hi Tim, I am interested! Are you still selling? Daniel

Rachael Streifel

Sunday 29th of January 2023

@Carol, Since the post was from 2014, I'm sure the Lenox "Cats if Distinction" set is no longer available...I was just asking because the painter broke most of the set my sister left me. I only have 8 left out of 24 (Oregano, Basil, Bay Leaf, Chive, Celery Salt, Clove, Cinnamon and Coriander). She passed away in August 8th, 2022. So it makes me even more sad that I have lost this valuable momento that she gifted me. Rachael


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Tim might not see this Daniel. He was a commenter quite a while ago. Carol

velma blair

Sunday 9th of February 2014

That was a great buy!.. I didn't get the wooden display rack with mine.. ~ Vel

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