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    Two Guns White Calf, a Model for the "Buffalo" Nickel? When James Earle Fraser, a famous American sculptor, designed the "Indian Head" or "Buffalo" nickel in 1911, he used multiple models for the mature warrior facing right on the obverse of the coin. When asked, Fraser claimed to have used three models to make up the composite portrait and named two of them, Iron Tail (a Sioux) and Two Moons (a Cheyenne). He claimed to have forgotten the name of the third model. This helped create a "cottage industry" of Native Americans making public appearances claiming to be the third model for this famous and popular nickel. Two Guns White Calf, a Blackfoot, was the most famous of these and was long accepted (by many) as the mysterious third model. He became a fixture at Glacier National Park, posing for pictures with tourists and was also a spokesman for the Northern Pacific Railroad. The question of whether or not he is the actual third model is moot. Two Guns White Calf is one of, if not the, most famous and recognizable Indians of the 20th century. Offered here is a superb display item- a print of a 1928 profile portrait of this famous American Indian Chief signed with his familiar pictograph signature below his image. Measures 8" x 10". Very light toning from a previous framing, small loss at bottom right which could be easily matted out. A superb piece and perfect for display. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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