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...51-60 ~ Page...6

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LOT 51

Average (H)/Average (H)

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Horse Head

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1936-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to the head and neck of a horse. The head isn’t all that horse-like, but a faint mane is added on the neck, made using a power tool. It was signed “J D” on ground.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Profile makes me believe this is a carving of a cow, not a horse (top of head too angular for latter). Well formed ear. It was signed “J D” above FIVE CENTS by artist.

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LOT 52

Average/Below Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Armadillo

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1928-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving.  This is an obverse carving, with a strange animal at the top, somewhat turtle-like, but with a long tail. Below is a curved ground surface with two plants. I cannot figure what Dorusa was trying to depict here.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: The very odd looking animal is probably an armadillo. Ground beneath figure has what appears to be grass and two leaved plants. This is unusual in the fact that the prime figure is high on the coin, utilizing the top of the Indian’s head, etc.

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LOT 53

Above Ave (L)/Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Sheep

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1936-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered into a sheep, standing in grass (formed by vertical line punches). Wool depicted on body using a power vibrator tool. This is a nice creative and original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A fluffy, wooly sheep is represented in this reverse carving by Dorusa. Animal is standing in grass, made by many single straight lines. Electric pencil-type implement used to make heavy wool on back. Not signed.

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LOT 54

Average (H)/Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Ram

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1937-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered into a ram. One curled horn is visible. Body wool formed using a vibrator tool. Nice original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Texture coat on the subject curled ram, probably done with a high speed mechanical tool. Rather good representation of a ram. As usual, heavy chisel marks throughout field.

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LOT 55

Above Ave (L)/Above Ave

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Donkey

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. Buffalo was altered into a donkey. This is a copy of Bo’s work. Bold head and tail was nicely done. Field decently dressed.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A very nicely carved copy of “Bo’s” favorite designs – a mule. Same body as on most other Dorusa animals, but the head is one of the best I’ve seen in this series.

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LOT 56

Average (H)/Average (H)

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Llama

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1926-P (G)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered into a llama (from South America, related to camels). Body shape and head was well done. This is a creative original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Dorusa nicely transformed the bison into a llama with a long neck and punch for eye. Normal chisel marks around subject. Not signed.

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LOT 57

Above Ave (L)/Average

 

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

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Dromedary

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1929-P (F)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to a one-hump dromedary camel. Body shape nicely done – thick neck, smallish head, fur on hump added with a vibrator tool. Dorusa placed a small “J D” signature near the top. This is a very creative and original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: Technically, this animal is a dromedary, a “camel” with only one hump. The textured back of the original buffalo is now shown as the fur on top of the dromedary (with the help of a mechanical device).

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LOT 58

Above Ave (L)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $66 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Camel

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1937-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to a two-humped camel. Nicely done, with thick neck, small head, and for accents added, using a vibrator tool (same tool he used to sign “J D” above the front hump.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A two-humped camel is, in fact, a camel. Vibrating tool made textured area on humps, neck, and legs. Animal appears to be smiling. Heavy chisel marks on body and in field. It was signed “J D” under STATES.

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LOT 59

Above Ave (L)/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $66 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Zebra

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1935-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered into a zebra. Stripes are all over the body, but they look more like mummy wrappings. Yet, the carving has eye appeal and is creative. Signed “J D” at the top, and again, very faintly carved under the head.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A little stubby body, but overall a fairly nice representation of a zebra. Eye was punched. Dorusa seemed to be having fun carving a myriad of animals for his menagerie.

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LOT 60

Average/Average

 

Hammer plus 10% Buyer's Fee... Final Price: _____ $23.10 _____

Bidder Number: ___________

 

Beaver

Probable Artist: John Dorusa

Coin: 1936-P (VG)

 

First Examiner: Alpert

Observations: Modern carving. The buffalo was altered to what appears to be a beaver, facing right, based on the big flat tail. Some ground and a plant is below. This work is a creative original design by Dorusa.

 

Second Examiner: Fivaz

Observations: A fat, small headed beaver, identified as such only by the large flat tail. The eye was punched. Chiseled out area surrounds subject and a five-leaved plant out of the grass under the beaver.

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