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Bertram "Bert" Wiegand
By Stephen P. "BigOne" Alpert, OHNS-LM10


Known as "Bert," Bertram Wiegand was Bo's friend and mentor, who taught Bo how to make hobo nickels in the late 1910's. The early works of Bert and Bo are very similar in style and are often difficult to tell apart. Bert signed many of his hobo nickels by removing the LI and Y of LIBERTY, which left "BERT." Many of Bert's works are very finely detailed, and they are highly prized by collectors, as they are very rare (compared to the many known pieces by Bo).

Bert was born circa 1890, began carving hobo nickels in 1913, spent some time in prison in the 1930's (where he continued making hobo nickels for the guards), and was last seen in the late 1940's, selling hobo nickels at flea markets. Other details of Bert's life are chronicled by Del Romines in his two hobo nickel books.

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