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    Original Hobo Nickel by Bo Hughes
    Well-Carved and Unique 'Silver-stein' Nickel

    One-of-a-Kind Hobo Nickel by Bo Hughes. The OHNS website (hobonickels.org) pictures this nickel among its highlights of notable carvings by Bo Hughes. Bo was a prolific carver whose 50-year output included thousands of nickels, although most of his work disappeared into the hands of a non-collecting public. Relatively few pieces survive today. While Bo Hughes sometimes signed his work either GH or GWH for George Washington Hughes, he almost never used his nickname "Bo" as a signature.

    A few of his nickels carry messages -- often inscribed on the collar -- that help attribute Bo's work. His mentor, Bert Wiegand, also used the technique, which can be confusing given the similarity of their styles. This Bo Hughes carving is the unique "Silver-stein" nickel, symbolically identified on the collar by "AG" (for the element silver) plus a pictorial beer stein = Silver-stein. The Superior quality carving includes pushed and raised metal at the ear of this bearded Jewish fellow, who wears a domed hat with the Star of David above the hatband bow. Nice luster remains throughout the 1930s host nickel..
    From The Chris Dempsey Collection of Hobo Nickels, Part II.


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    13th-15th Tuesday-Thursday
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