By Stephen P. Alpert LM10
This is an early hobo nickel carver with a distinct style, who I am here nicknaming "Percy" because of the pursed or puckered lips on one of the three specimens illustrated here.
$753 on eBay • Dec 2011
"Percy" hobo nickels have these diagnostic features:
- A derby, slightly flat on top.
- A hatband with vertical lining and no bow.
- A crescent-shaped hat brim with pointed ends that project just a short distance past the head. The front brim points to E of LIBERTY.
- A narrow small ear with some internal detail.
- Short and neat hair-beard-mustache, made using a rough or textured punch. The chin is rounded.
- There are parallel liner tool accent lines on the shirt collar, coat collar, shoulder, and usually also on the neck.
- The profile is altered, with a rounded nose and enhanced nostril. The lips may be pursed or puckered. The eye may be altered.
- Found on early-dated buffalo nickels.
- The nickel may be holed at top.