This superb Bakelite dresser box of rich dark chocolate brown was made in the USA for Hickok, a company known for their quality menswear jewelry accessories.
It only makes sense that a company known for their unique and classic designs on their high quality tie pins, cuff links and tie tacks would have created a dresser box suitable for their practical yet collectible menswear treasures. (According to a 1991 piece written by Harry Rinker, he refers to Dorothy T. Rainwater's "American Jewelry Manufacturers" (Schiffer Publishing, 1988) which provides some information about the Hickok Manufacturing Co. of Rochester, N.Y. Her research has traced the company back to 1922, but she is not certain that this is its founding date. The company was primarily a manufacturer of gold and silver buckles, belts, cuff links and other men's jewelry.)
Each of the sides of the box have lines carved into them, which is a very Art Deco era element, while the lid features a beautiful relief of two deer, sometimes referred to as a buck and doe, and/or stag and doe (we thought the animal on the right looked like a horse, but we've been informed it is not; thank you, Cindy).
Although bakelite was developed in the 1930s, it was used for household items thoughout the 1950s. This dark, chocolate brown color was popular in household items from the 1930s into the 1940s and 50s, as well, so, although we've categorized this as mid century, it could well be earlier.
4 1/2" across x 2" deep x 3 1/8" high (which includes the depth of carving on top). This is large enough to hold a wrist watch as well as the smaller vanity items. It has also been suggested that this could have been designed as a cigarette
Made in USA is on the bottom, while the Hickok shield and logo is on the underside of the lid.
We photographed this in bright light to show there is some minor surface scratching, in normal lighting, this is not evident, however, we want to be clear for our shoppers.
This is a fabulous collectible, and a neat gift idea for the vintage gentleman on our shopping lists (Father's Day, Graduation gift (especially a veterinarian!), engagement gift, birthday, anniversary...).
We are a member of The Vintage Fashion Guild, The VFG.