Vintage early 1950s goldtone cuff links from Hickok depict bowling balls, in the form of nice solid half-spheres with three “finger hole” indentations.
Hickok did an extensive line of sportsman-themed men’s jewelry in the early 50s, typically with the tie bar and cuff links complementing rather than matching each other; please see photo #6 for a 1951 ad that shows the cuff links offered here with the bowling pin tie bar they were paired with.
The links are marked “Hickok” on their bottom, longer shanks, and “U.S.A.” on their tops.
Rochester, NY native S. Rae Hickok went into business in 1909 and made his tiny, unsuccessful jewelry business into an international success after expanding its production (of monograms and initials for ladies handbags) into Hickok’s famous initial belt buckles--and after, in 1915, beginning to manufacture the leather belts to go with them. The company began mass producing men’s jewelry in the mid-1930s, and after the founder died in 1945, his sons Alan and Ray took over. Their claim to fame was establishing the "S. Rae Hickok Award” for best American Athlete in 1950; it was awarded for a quarter of a century, with Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle among its recipients.
Measuring 1” long, with the domed elements ¾” in diameter, these cuff links have a digital weight of 20 grams. Excellent condition.
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