Introducing Deep Pockets
By Marc Banks RM538, Candace Kagin LM777, Chris Dempsey LM 64
In 2013 I purchased an above average classic carving (#1) with a very prominent nose as a Buy-it-Now on eBay. Chris Dempsey acquired a second carving (#2) of a man with a turned up nose wearing a nightcap listed by the same seller. Although the carvings were quite different they shared a number of the same carving characteristics linking them to the same talented, unknown carver. Particularly striking were punch marks creating deep pockets accenting the face. I have not seen this type of punching on any other carvings. Since that eventful day several additional works have by this artist have appeared. The third example, a more traditional carving, was shown to Chris at a coin show. The fourth example (#4) was identified in the collection of Candace Kagin. I was also able to obtain a photo of a fifth example (#5) by this artist. I have nicknamed this carver "Deep Pockets" after the distinctive punch marks displayed on these carvings.
The carving characteristics for "Deep Pockets" are as follows:
- The carvings display very distinctive punch marks that terminate in a deep pocket/scoop-shaped depression that is very pronounced behind the eye. Some examples have a number of these marks.
- All examples have nicely shaped and detailed ears.
- The carvings have nicely carved or punched hair and or beards, enhanced eyes, modified noses and mouths.
- Four examples share collars whose outline resemble the wings of a seagull.
- Four examples have domed hats with a crescent-shaped brim, two have bows on the hat band. Example #2 is wearing a cap which shares the same accenting as example 1.
- All are done on early date nickels (1913-1919).
- Fields are well dressed.
- LIBERTY has been removed on examples 4 and 5.