Introducing The X-Filer
By Arturo DelFavero RM552
Even though I was born in Detroit proper I've always called Southfield, Michigan my hometown. Recently I ventured back there to visit a monthly thirty or so table coin show. It had been a number of years since last attending this one, but for some reason I felt compelled.
I ended up walking the whole show without any luck, other than a few un-needed moderns. My last stop proved to be the one to bring it home. Longtime Dealer Gary Kelly always seems to have a nice selection of hobos, and indeed he had one that caught my eye. After looking through the rest Gary gave me his best price and I said yes.
Recently I had Quality Designated (QD) a member's coin and my purchase was a definite match to his. Being the archivist really does have its benefits and I've never been shy of stating this. That said; I knew that more by this maker existed, and this was soon realized after a short hunt. My first choice for a nickname was "The X-Factor", but our good friend and fellow collector Steve Alpert came up with something clever. So now I present "The X-Filer."
The carving characteristics for "The X-Filer" are as follows:
- Derby hats with a boxed in "X" on the band adornment.
- Filed then cleaned up fields behind the head.
- Head and facial hair randomly wriggle cut with a flat graver.
- Very small oval shaped ears.
- Graver cuts over eye and behind nose.
- Line enhanced eyes and foreheads (on three Specimens).
- Enhanced lips and mouth area.
- Sloping collars created by two or three lines radiating from the rear end of the hat brim.
- LIBERTY and date left remaining on all examples.
- Use of liner tool added detail (on three examples).
- All on early dated nickels.