View Full Version : Let's See Some Engraved Copper
05-12-2012, 01:55 PM
Coppers that have been altered with a good deal of skill are fun to collect too!
This one started out as a low grade 1853 cent.
05-12-2012, 08:38 PM
This is a very intricate design; a unique, pocket piece. Looks like Kilwinning was misspelled. Looking at 1894-5 Cincinnati directories, I found no mention of an A.S. Harkness. However, there was an "A.S. Harkness & Co." which were insurance agents, covering a tri-state area in the late 1890's. The 1899 directory lists an "A. Stuart Harkness" selling "Fire, Accident, Steam Boiler, Liability, Elevator, Plate Glass and Life Insurance and Surety Bonds, 9 to 15 E. 3rd; Telephone 1612. (Wow - a phone in 1899!)
Following the trail of "Stuart Harkness", I found the following website: http://books.google.com/books?id=HxIWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA887&dq=%22Stuart+Harkness%22,+Cincinnati&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RfKuT-7WOIj_6QHFhanqCA&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Stuart%20Harkness%22%2C%20Cincinnati&f=false
Sure enough, this is the man to whom this pocket piece once belonged! The Google book contains a good deal of info on this once prominent citizen of Cincinnati. This Masonic penny would have made a useful calling card and sales tool among his brotherhood. As Paul Harvey was often known to say .... And, now you have the rest of the story!
05-15-2012, 10:24 PM
That is Awesome!! Thanks Mr. C
05-16-2012, 01:23 AM
My Pleasure, Mr. CH! I much enjoy the history hunt, making sense of cents that have been personalized with counterstamps, or in this case, engraving.
My guess is that this wasn't carried as a pocket-piece, as most similarly engraved fraternal "pennies" that I've seen have evidenced more wear on the engraved side. The bio says that A. (Anthony - the grandfather's name?) Stuart Harkness, a relatively young man in the late 1890's, "identified with all the various Masonic orders in which his father held membership." My guess is that this coin may have been a presentation piece, given to Stuart by the Kilwinning Chapter, not only as a token of membership, but also as a tribute of sorts to his father, Frank, who passed in 1890.
This piece is more elaborately engraved than most I've seen. I can't help but wonder if the Kilwinning Chapter minutes for April 17, 1895 might be accessible? Also, further digging might elicit a photo of A. (Anthony?) Stuart Harkness ... Happy hunting, CH!
05-20-2012, 04:31 PM
Thankfully she is an R1, otherwise this could be much worse. 1794 S 65 with a bad facelift.
05-20-2012, 04:39 PM
Looks like a "hobo" copper to me!
05-28-2012, 10:53 PM
I am pretty sure it is a Masonic piece. In fact, I am sure.
05-28-2012, 11:03 PM
I looks like it was made by a "Love Token" artist. Here is a Masonic token.279
05-29-2012, 08:34 AM
Hi 3steven2 ... That is an attractive Masonic piece yet likely 20th century.
There were many engraved large cents made for/by Masons, and these form a collecting genre in and of themselves. The one that started this thread is perhaps the most artistic one that I've seen. I've long wondered if there might perchance be some Masonic half cents out there?
Also, I wonder if any others out there can add some "artistically altered" early coppers to this thread?
07-15-2012, 03:12 PM
Here, on the back of an 1851 cent is a nice Love Token style engraving with the name of John Krous. There is a tiny drop of lead solder at the 12 o'clock possition showing that this was a pendant or fob.348
07-15-2012, 09:16 PM
350This may be Raymond Willard Bosworth, born Sept 10 1866. I have found just a few fragments of information beyond that.351
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