Property of a Nevada Family LLP
An Arapaho war shield, Left Hand
Of fire-hardened buffalo hide, painted with all native mineral pigments, the red central panel with the outlined profile image of a buffalo, encircled by the dessicated skin and clawed foot of a small mammal, the remainder alternating black and green concentric circles, hide thongs fastening an array of feathers (legal replacements), some with beaded wrapping on the quill, a short strip of braided grass held by one of the thongs, a broad shoulder hide strap hung at back, accompanied by two old paper tags, one reading: "To whom it may concern - This is to certify that I Grant Left Hand, Arapahoe Indian has this day sold to W.R. Black of Watonga Oklahoma one war shield made from Buffalo hide and was made by White Crown my Grandfather was made in the year of about 1725. Was given to Chief Left Hand who was my father when he was a boy. My father used this Shield in many wars He used it in the battle with Black Kettle against Custer on the Washita in the year 1868 and was handed down to me and I say farther that there was never a man wounded that ever carried this shield. It was known as the most lucky Shield in the Tribe. - Signed - Grant Left Hand" (May 1926), the other written by the collector, essentially repeats the former claim and then adds: "I have replaced eagle wing feathers on each side of...as they had nearly all fallen out of the(ir) wrappings. I simply slipp(ed) feathers into the wrappings...tail and small hawk feathers...removed, washed and put back also the red flannel. The foot and skin coiled in center appear (to) be jack Rabbit"