Introducing Peanut Ear
By Dave Wilson
Peanut Ear is probably the most prolific of the early nicknamed hobo nickel artists. This artist was nicknamed "Peanut Ear" by Dave Wilson, and published by Bill Fivaz, in the December 1995 issue of BoTales. The main diagnostic feature is the ear which resembles a peanut in shape.
Other characteristics of "Peanut Ear" hobo nickels are:
- The distinctive hat and hat band (usually with a little notch in the top of the hat).
- A distinctive punched beard and mustache.
- A V-shaped collar.
- An enlarged nostril.
- Profile unaltered.
- A thin-line extension of the hair from the ear to the forehead just below the hat brim.
- "Peanut Ear" hobo nickels are usually on 1913 buffalo nickels.
The following carvings were originally identified and nicknamed as a new carver named "The Grinner." It was later determined that carvings by "The Grinner" were actually carved by already existing carver "Peanut Ear," and as such, "The Grinner" was removed as a standalone carver. The following photos are additional carvings by "Peanut Ear." It should be noted that other subsequent themes were probably carved by this carver, which may or may not match exactly the carvings shown in this writeup.