Introducing Sweet Lips
By Don Wolfe RM981, Art DelFavero RM522
Awhile back I was sharing a photo of a hobo nickel I own (1st specimen below) with Art DelFavero. He soon discovered that a hobo nickel on the bottom of page 13 (2nd coin pictured) in Steve Alpert's Hobo Nickel Guidebook was by the same carver as my nickel. Art later did a little research in the OHNS archives and came up with a third matching hobo nickel. The most distinctive feature to be seen is the outlined lips on each of the coins. Art suggested a name which I think will work. I would like to call this artist, "Sweet Lips."
The Carving Characteristics for "Sweet Lips" are as follows:
- Round domed hat with slightly curved brim. Lines are carved for the brim outline and shading.
- Ear is carved crescent shape with part of center removed and is in the center of the head. Ear touches or is part way under hat.
- Profile has carved outline around nose and the nostril is flared.
- Hair and beard punched circles possibly with beading tool.
- Lines carved to outline lips which makes lips very distinct from beard.
- Multiple lines carved to form collar and shading for coat or the shirt.
- Carved on early dated nickels (1913 and 1916); the date and LIBERTY remain on the coin.