By Chris Dempsey, LM64
Known "Knurly Derby" carvings are average quality carvings, with the primary identifier being the zigzag pattern on the ribbon of the derby which is created using a knurling tool. The first carving appeared online in October of 2012. The second carving I located in the OHNS auction archives from the 2008 auction, lot 2. The last carving, with two holes, was purchased on eBay a few months prior to my coin, and was purchased by fellow collector Bryce Knott.
The carving characteristics for "Knurly Derby" are listed as follows:
1) Hatband cut in a zig-zag pattern, most likely with a knurling tool.
2) Unaltered profile.
3) Collar is cut in one of two ways.
a. Straight collar with parallel line cuts leading to a bow on the front of the collar or. . . .
b. Plain collar with diagonal cuts leading to a bow on the front of the collar.
4) Hook shaped ear towards the back of the head.
5) Beard is punched, most likely using a knife tip.
6) Indian’s hair not entirely removed where the hairline meets the brim of the derby.
7) Simple derby and straight narrow brim.
8) Field a bit roughly dressed behind the head.
9) Date and LIBERTY left intact.