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Porcelain Casts of Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Being Auctioned

Porcelain Casts of Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Being Auctioned

“Well, then, spend the next twenty-four hours in an intensive study of Chinese pottery.”

– The Adventurous of the Illustrious Client (ILLU)

In the upcoming Heritage Auctions session at next month’s Florida United Numismatists convention, there is the following lot being offered for bid:

LOT #4897   Group Lot of 8 Modern Hobos, Porcelain Castings…. (Total: 8 coins)

Group Lot of 8 Modern Hobos, Porcelain Castings. Acclaimed modern carvers Pedro Villarrubia and Paolo “MRTHE” Curcio have both experimented with porcelain castings of their carved nickels, and produced uniface reproductions of their best designs. This lot includes eight such castings, six by Villarrubia (Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Poker, and others) and two by Curcio (The Old Hobo). See the online images to view all pieces in this lot.
From The Don “H2O” Haley Hobo Nickel Collection.

Two of the 8 castings being offered feature the Sherlock Holmes hobo nickel engraved by Pedro Villarrubia, which we have discussed in an earlier post.

Villarrubia is an incredibly talented engraver, and these porcelain casts of his work are an exciting discovery. Additional information on these pieces is very much desired.

Thanks to Peter E. Blau, the 13th Garrideb, for alerting us to these items.

Thanks also to Heritage Auctions for sharing these photographs with us.

A 1937 Sherlockian Hobo Nickel by Gediminas Palsis

A 1937 Sherlockian Hobo Nickel by Gediminas Palsis

“I gazed with interest and some surprise upon the portrait.” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches.… Continue Reading

The 1935 Sherlock Bones Hobo Nickel

The 1935 Sherlock Bones Hobo Nickel

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!’” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)       Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches.… Continue Reading

The 1972 Sherlock Bones Hobo Dollar

The 1972 Sherlock Bones Hobo Dollar

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!’” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps… Continue Reading

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

“I have been making a fool of myself” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumbi (ENGR) Your editor grew up during a time when there were only three television networks and a handful of independent UHF television stations. Those independent stations would often show the old movie shorts featuring the slapstick of The Three Stooges.… Continue Reading

The Sherlocktopus 1937 Hobo Nickel

The Sherlocktopus 1937 Hobo Nickel

“… it was some strange creature …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches. In… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes 1937 Hobo Nickel by Pedro Villarrubia

Sherlock Holmes 1937 Hobo Nickel by Pedro Villarrubia

“I gazed with interest and some surprise upon the portrait.” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Last week, we published a post about a Sherlockian hobo nickel engraved by Blanca de la Hoz. This week we are pleased to share this post about another Sherlockian hobo nickel – this one engraved by her husband,… Continue Reading

The Sherlock Cat 1937 Hobo Nickel by Blanca de la Hoz

The Sherlock Cat 1937 Hobo Nickel by Blanca de la Hoz

“A purring cat who thinks he sees prospective mice.” – The Adventure of The Illustrious Client (ILLU)        Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files… Continue Reading

A Sherlock Holmes Love Token?

A Sherlock Holmes Love Token?

“Others again spoke of some early love affair …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) With today being Valentine’s Day, we share this love token featuring Sherlock Holmes initials (for those who think the initials on this token are actually H S, you’re welcome to write your own post). This silver British sixpence had the… Continue Reading