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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Retro picnic cups [sold]

retro anodised picnic beakersAnodised harlequin beakers
made in Australia and Hong Kong, c.1950s

The six cups on the left- from the vinyl maroon case- have never been used. Each cup is wrapped in its original tissue paper, and there is a bottle-opener installed in the cap. Research leads me to believe that this set was made in Australia.

Harlequin is a catch-all phrase for multi-coloured items- many of my 50-60s collections are ‘harlequin’.

The five cups on the right where manufactured in Hong Kong [it’s stamped on the base] –and in deference to its age/Asian origin, it is a set of only 5 cups. The bottle opener is housed on the outside of the vinyl case.

Both sets have the obligatory incised rings – these are machine-turned and date the cups to the 50s- a little bit of modernist styling.

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