Saturday, December 15, 2007

Chief Two Guns White Calf

Today we feature a portrait of Chief Two Guns White Calf. In case you think he looks familiar, there is a good reason. His likeness was used on the American Buffalo Nickel.

11 comments:

  1. An amazing american. I have an oringinal 3/30 cast bronze of him
    Signed by Two Guns and the Artist. I just cant read the Artist's name. Date is 1933

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  2. Charles E. BevardJune 22, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    In 1989 I auctioned the belongings of Chief Two Guns White Calf....cast bronze may be by James Frazer the designer of the "Indian Head" Nickel. Two Guns passed in 1934 and the press release issued by the U.S. Government after recieving Frazers' answer about who was used on the "Buffalo" nickel stated Frazer used Iron Tail, Two Moons and never used Two Guns in any shape or form.....Frazer had stated the 3rd Indian [Two Guns] he could not recall. The Government of the U.S.A. specifically discredited this Indian after his death. In 1927 the B&O RR recognized Two Guns as the Indian on the Buffalo Nickel at "The Fair of The Iron Horse" the RR centennial held in Halethorpe (Baltimore,Md)
    Charles Bevard

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  3. Is there anyone that could give me a value of an original signed portrait by the cheif Two Guns White Calf and his photographer? The Chiefs signature appears as Two guns and a calf. I would appreciate any information that might give me some leads as to where I might get this information. Thanks

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  4. Fraser featured a profile of a Native American on the obverse of the coin, which was a composite portrait of three Native American chiefs: Iron Tail, Two Moons and John Big Tree.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_nickel

    Chief Two Guns White Calf was not one of the models...

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  5. Yes he was the person who was finally selected. I know this for fact since he is my Great Uncle. He was paid $20 for the pose. We have the pose phot hanging proudly on our wall. He was a great man and a gentle soul that wanted nothing but peace for all people.

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  6. A signed photograph of Two Guns White Calf sells (auction price) for about $1500.

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  7. Hello, My grandfather of Italian decent used to tell us he was related to the man on the buffalo nickel. I would love to hear from the person that said that was his great uncle. My email is jfm2825@comcast.net

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  8. ....Hello! My great grand father L.M.Pearsall took many trips out west and north to gather/trade items for his collection now housed at the Uni. of Fla. (Fla. Museum of Nat. History) I have a great photo of my Grandmother(early 20's) with Two Guns....I'd love to share it with you! jcswirenut@comcast.net

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  9. I also have a signed photograph of Chief Two Guns White Calf, as well as portrait photos of four other Native Americans, taken in conjunction with the B&O Railroad's Fair of the Iron Horse in the fall of 1927. The portraits are professionally done, but I can't read the photographer's signature. It looks something like HHermann. Can anyone correct me on this? Also, I have conflicting information that these incredibly photogenic men were either of the Crow or the Blackfoot Nation. Can anyone tell me for sure?

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  10. T. J. (Tomar Jacob) Hileman (1882-1945) was an American photographer born in Marienville, Pennsylvania, who is renowned for his photos of Glacier Park in Montana, and Blackfoot people.

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  11. My Great Uncle signed his pictures
    and artwork HH, HB, H Bender and Harold Bender. Not positive, but you might now be able to identify/verify the signature on the photo as Harold Bender? Harold and Two Guns White Calf were blood brothers and worked side-by-side in Glacier Park. At a ceremony, Two Guns White Calf gave him the Indian name "Sa Ko Ka Tane" which stands for "He who takes pictures".

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