Introducing Bushy Beard
By Steve Alpert LM10
Here is another early artist who reworked nearly the entire obverse of his hobo nickels. His portraits have a large punched beard which covers most of the neck and area in front of the neck, extending to the border. I have thus nicknamed him “Bushy Beard”. I know of just these two works by him at this time (on VF and XF P-mint nickels).
The diagnostic characteristics of a hobo nickel by “Bushy Beard” are:
- A large bushy beard. The beard and hair behind the ear was formed using a curved punch.
- The mouth curves downward and is slightly wider in the rear. A sparsely-punched mustache is above.
- The hat has a narrow straight brim, and a wider band with a bow in the center. The dome has fine parallel lines made with a liner tool.
- The carved ear is small and C-shaped.
- The profile is altered only at the tip of the nose, and bottom of the forehead. A curved groove forms the eyebrow, and enhances the nostril.
- The single collar is low, with a small lapel. The collar and shoulder are finely lined (like the hat dome), with the shoulder lines roughly perpendicular to the collar lines.
- The date and LIBERTY were removed.
- The field is textured with small raised dots (from a beading tool?).