Introducing Tall Collar

By Stephen Alpert LM10

(The name "Tall Collar" should not be confused with our old friend "No Neck" who carved a very high and thick crude collar to avoid having to dress the neck.)

Last year I obtained a hobo nickel just like one I bought in 1993. Obviously, they both were made by the same talented early artist, who I am here formally nicknaming "Tall Collar." He's named after the tall shirt collar (starched?) on his carvings, with a nicely engraved bow tie at the front.

Everything on a "Tall Collar" hobo nickel is nicely and delicately engraved or punched, with extensive use of a liner tool on the hat, hat band, bowtie, and coat collar (and lightly used on the field, tall collar, etc.).

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Diagnostic features of a "Tall Collar" hobo nickel are:

  1. The smooth or very finely lined tall shirt collar, with a lined, square-ish bowtie at front.
  2. A nice derby with fine lines or heavier shading lines on the dome. The brim is thin and nearly straight, with the front of the pointy brim ending by the left side of the B of LIBERTY. The hat band is lined, with a bow or rectangle band loop over the ear.
  3. The hair appears punched, using a small punch, with dense overlapping punches that create darkness.
  4. The profile is unaltered.
  5. The ear is small, and may be hidden in the hair.
  6. The field is nicely dressed.
  7. The lined coat obliterates the date of the coin.