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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.

Diogenes Club of Washington, DC Issues Challenge Coin

Diogenes Club of Washington, DC Issues Challenge Coin

“It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started …” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) The Diogenes Club of Washington, DC is one of the newer scions of the Baker Street Irregulars, having been founded just a few months after our own group was formed in 2014. Organized by… Continue Reading

Junior Sherlockian Society Issued Wooden Nickel at 2018 BSI Dinner

Junior Sherlockian Society Issued Wooden Nickel at 2018 BSI Dinner

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) We’ve had posts before where we’ve discussed souvenirs being issued for the annual Baker Street Irregulars dinners that are held every January in New York, such as Peter E. Blau’s annual publication or our own group’s souvenir card that was produced this January. This January’s… Continue Reading

A Fascinating New Medal for Collectors (12/27/1987)

A Fascinating New Medal for Collectors (12/27/1987)

“… I should have had a medal …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Medal design captures the Holmes mystique. SHERLOCK Holmes, one of the world’s most famous fictional characters, is the subject of an imaginative new medal marking the centennial of his literary birth. The medal was designed by the noted medallic artist, Marika… Continue Reading

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

“… I have been sitting spinning theories with my friend.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Spinner tokens are a fascinating avenue of collecting exonumia. These tokens are made to be spun upon a flat service, with an arrow or pointing device. These advertising tokens were, more often than not, used to help determine who would buy… Continue Reading

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

“It mentions the legend in one of these references.” – The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (SUSS) In 1987, Larry Hall, a machine shop operator in Morgan, Utah, issued a token in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. What makes this token different from other tokens featuring Sherlock Holmes is the metal… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and the American Bank Note Company Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and the American Bank Note Company Mystery

“A printing press” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) One of John Richard Flanagan’s three illustrations in The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, as published in the October 25, 1924 issue of Collier’s I was first introduced to the famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, in The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, in my fifth-grade… Continue Reading

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

“Thanks to the telephone…” – The Adenture of the Retired Colourman (RETI) Many of the visitors to this website probably recall the days when pay phones were a common site when walking down a city sidewalk or inside a hotel lobby. You would drop a few coins into the phone, dial the number and make… Continue Reading