Hickok- Positively Finer!

Robex-Hickok anodised beakersRobex-Hickok beakers,
made in Australia 1960s

Anodised aluminium beakers are the ‘holy grail’ of collecting: everyone wants them. Here we have an original Robex-Hickok leather case [steer hide] with brass fittings – with its original steel bottle-opener.

Robex-Hickok were renowned for their luxury leather luggage : but for a brief moment in the 60s they decided to produce picnic ware- for promotions. The original three beakers [shown left; blue, yellow & green] are marked; “Hickok, Positively Finer” on the base.

Unfortunately the other three beakers are missing; but I have found some extras – the pink, yellow, orange and green beakers [shown right] – but they are unmarked, and have some scratches and dents. I am still hunting for the missing Hickok beakers – but maybe you have found them?

The leather case has some internal wear issues [around the hinge] but the original beakers are in good vintage condition. The collection is for sale: $AUD40

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Anodised beakers [sold]

Australian anodised aluminium beakersAnodised beakers
made in Australia and Hong Kong, c.1950s

The Australia set of three beakers on the left is marked ‘Caribbean beakers’. These beakers are lovely strong colours, and are just a little scuffed where they ‘nest’ into each other.

The Hong Kong set of five beakers has no maker’s mark, just their place of origin…but they do come with a nifty white vinyl case [with a handy bottle-opener concealed in the lid.] These beakers are in pastel shades, and look never to have been taken out and used.

Anodised beakers are quite collectible- I think it’s due to the nostalgia associated with family picnics. Lemonade tasted so fantastic coming out of an anodised beaker, which in the 50s, was the height of sophistication.

All the beakers are in fine fettle, ~ still shiny aluminium despite their age ~ I suspect they have never been near a picnic.     For sale: $AUD45

Anodised aluminium beakers [sold]

aluminium beaker collectionAnodised beakers
made in Australia and Hong Kong, c.1950s

All these beaker sets were made in Australia, except for the set that comes in the red vinyl case [the beakers are adjacent this case.] The Hong Kong set has no maker’s mark, just their place of origin…but they do come with a handy bottle-opener concealed in the case lid.

The Australia sets come with exotic names: ‘Tahiti’ and ‘Caribbean’. The green case which encloses the ‘Tahitian’ beakers was made in Melbourne by Stokes & Sons, as part of their ‘Peacock Ware’ range. It too comes with a bottle-opener. Perfect for the retro picnic!

I can’t find much information on the last two sets – one made by Duchess Aluminium Ware and the other by ETA…so if anyone can fill me in, I would be most appreciative.

All the beakers are in fine fettle, ~ still shiny aluminium despite their age ~ I suspect they have never been near a picnic.       For sale: $AUD75