Introducing Bo Tie
By Marc Banks, RM 538
Several years ago I purchased a group of hobo nickels that included carving #1 which depicted the traditional bearded hobo with a domed hat with a long crescent shaped brim. What stood out most on this carving was the bow tie. Earlier this year (2016) I purchased two carvings from a dealer at a local show. One (#2) depicted a cigar smoking hobo wearing a bow tie. I suspected it was a match to the one I owned and when I compared the two they were clearly carved by the same carver. Two months later at the same show, a friend told me he wanted me to take a look at a carving (#3) he had in his collection. I was very surprised when he handed me the carving and it had the very similar bow tie. It also shared a number of the same characteristics and carving techniques. I told him it was a classic carving by an unknown artist, but that I believed it was a match to the two I owned. He asked me what I thought the value was and he surprised me again when he said I could have it for that price. I hadn't thought it was something he wanted to sell. Although this carving was clearly not carved by George Washington "Bo" Hughes, I have nicknamed this unknown carver "Bo Tie" after the feature that helped match these three carvings.
The carving characteristics for "Bo Tie" are as follows:
- Hat crown with checkered accents, wide band with varying degrees of accents, long crescent shaped hat brim.
- Wriggle cut hair, moustache beard and eyebrow.
- An engraved ear.
- Tall accented V-neck collar above an accented jacket.
- Bow tie with center knot and accent lines.
- Unaltered profile.
- Cleaned fields with LIBERTY partially intact.
- The date has been removed.