JAY "TONTO" SILVERHEELS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 279449
This full-length sepia publicity photo of Jay Silverheels, as Tonto, on his horse Scout has been signed three ways in blue ink: with Silverheels' name and with Tonto's name written in script and in the form of a personal emblem. Very Rare!
Special Sale Price $2,000.00
JAY SILVERHEELS This full-length sepia publicity photo of Jay Silverheels, as Tonto, on his horse Scout has been signed three ways in blue ink: with Silverheels' name and with Tonto's name written in script and in the form of a personal emblem. Very Rare! Inscribed Photograph signed: "To Mrs. Jean Jeffries/ Jay Silverheels/ Tonto/ [personal emblem]", in blue ink, sepia, 7¾x9¾ overall, image 7½x9¼ (one surface). Jay Silverheels (1919-1980, born on the Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada) was the son of a Mohawk Indian Chief and made a name for himself as a star lacrosse player and amateur boxer before entering films in the mid-1940s. He appeared in many films, often in uncredited roles, before assuming his most famous role: as the Lone Ranger's faithful Indian companion Tonto in the TV series The Lone Ranger (1949-1957). Silverheels was a frequent guest star on TV and had small roles in several westerns after The Lone Ranger. While, at times, Silverheels would add "Tonto" to his signature, on this piece he also adds his personal emblem, a creative arrangement of the letters of his famed character's name: “TONTO”. It is one of the very few emblem signatures we have seen over several decades of collecting. Lightly toned, soiled, foxed, and creased. Lightly rounded corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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