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    Iron Eyes Cody Personal Belt Buckle with Picture of Him Wearing It. Iron Eyes Cody (1907-1999) was in fact Italian - born Espera de Corti in Louisiana of first generation Italian immigrants. Nevertheless, he personified the nobility of the American Indian for over half-a-century in films and TV, never more movingly than as "The Crying Indian" of the "Keep America Beautiful" campaign. Indeed, Hollywood's Native American Community honored Cody in 1995. This 2" x 3" brass belt buckle features a wonderful engraving of a Native American riding a wild bucking horse, with clouds, cattle, cowboys and a wagon in the stirring background. The buckle comes with a 1948 8" x 10" candid photo of Cody wearing the buckle with his Western outfit, and flanked by Art Woodward and wardrobe designer/technical consultant Dwight Franklin. (Woodward's and Franklin's names are penned in the left margin.) Back of picture has their names added in ink and the notation, "Ernie Sutton's home, our buddy, Pasadena Calif." A May 22, 2003 COA comes from Marsh & Marsh Ltd. noting that the buckle was "received from Little Iron Cody, the Grandson of Iron Eyes Cody." The still has some border staining and minor creases and the buckle, based on how its shines in the picture, has tarnished a bit - still, this is a wonderful artifact from one of classic Hollywood's most noble personages. Very Fine condition.

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    April, 2007
    14th-15th Saturday-Sunday
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