ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY, INC.
A Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation
FUN2005  Mail and Floor Bid Auction
to be held at the
Original Hobo Nickel Society Meeting
Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 10 a.m.
Florida United Numismatists, Inc.  ~  January 13-16, 2005
Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316



Mail Bid Sheet


FUN2005 Online Catalogue ~ Lots...41-50 ~ Page...5

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LOT 41

Obv: Above Ave (L)/Ave (H)

Rev: Average/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $46.20 Mail _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Hatless Bearded Man Obverse

Raccoon Reverse

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1929-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Two-sided modern carving of a bearded man without a hat. Work is nicely carved with bold wavy hair, beard, mustache, small ear, long carved eyebrow and simple collar. Nice eye appeal. Buffalo was turned into a raccoon.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Obverse is probably a copy of a “Bo” original of “Bert". Curly hair, beard, and mustache (typically Dorusa); single line cuts for collar. Reverse is a raccoon.

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LOT 42

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $44 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Elephant

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935-P (AG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving.

The buffalo on the reverse was altered into an elephant; apparently, a copy of Bo’s design. The elephant has a curved trunk, small punch for an eye, squarish ear, no tusk, and is a bit skinny.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: The bison has been transformed into an elephant in this, another copy of a “Bo” original reverse carving. This is a representation of an Indian elephant as the ears are much smaller than the African species. A single punch was used for the eyes.

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LOT 43

Average/Average

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $22 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Elephant

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo on the reverse was altered into an elephant; apparently a copy of Bo’s design. The elephant has a short trunk, lobed ear, tusk, and small punch for an eye. It is a bit skinny.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: May be a carving of a young elephant as it is thinner than a regular one. Very similar to previous carving except that this one has tusks. Many heavy chisel marks surrounding the animal.

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LOT 44

Average (H)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $44 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Rabbit

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1936-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered into a rabbit, with long ears, hunched body, whiskers, punch for eye, and cottontail. A creative design by Dorusa, fairly well executed.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Well done carving of a crouching rabbit, with long ears and whiskers. Carved depression for eye, and simulation of a cottontail. Many chisel marks surrounding the bunny.

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LOT 45

Average (H)/Average (H)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $33 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Bear

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1927-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The Buffalo on the reverse was altered into a bear, with all four paws separated on the ground. This is an original creative design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A very nice carving of a bear, done with a good deal of chisel work. This is one of the many different animals in Dorusa’s menagerie.

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LOT 46

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $33 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Rhinoceros

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1930-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo on the reverse was altered into a rhinoceros. Not very well done, but recognizable. This is an original creative design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A thin rhinoceros is the subject of this reverse carving by Dorusa. All four legs are visible, and the carver got the two horns correct. Thinness of the body is due to the original design of the buffalo.

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LOT 47

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $22 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Elephant Head

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1937-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo on the reverse was altered into the head of an elephant. This is a copy of a design by “Bo”. Elephant has a short trunk, which looks like a foot. Proportions are a bit awkward. It was signed “J D” above the head.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A close-up carving of an elephant’s head with long, thick tusks. Trunk seems overly thick and quite short. Much chisel work. It was signed “J D” under “United States of America”. Another copy of a “Bo” original as are many of this artist’s work.

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LOT 48

Average/Average (L)

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $17.60 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

 

Deer

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1937-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving.  The buffalo appeared to be altered into a deer with antlers. The antlers are somewhat awkward, and the body isn’t too deer-like. An original design by Dorusa, signed “J D”.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: At first this looks like a Gnu, but then one notices the several antlers, therefore it’s probably a deer (buck). The torso or bodies of most of these “zoo creations” are all basically the same, with only the head altered to denote what animal it is.

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LOT 49

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $17.60 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Water Buffalo

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to a bull or steer, with horns, ears, and punched eyes. This is an original design by Dorusa. Field roughly dressed around the head.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Again, the same animal body is used for this carving by Dorusa, with the head representing what appears to be a water buffalo with long horns. Large punch used for eye and, as on so many of Dorusa’s carvings, heavy chisel marks are prominent.

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LOT 50

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $33 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Steer Head

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1927-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was changed into a bust of a cow or steer, with the head facing the viewer. Head has horns, ears, eyes, and nostrils. This is an original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Unusual because the subject steer is looking at the viewer (head turned). Work has carved depressions for eyes and nostrils.

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