Lot 247

C. 1870 Chiricahua Apache Parfleche Arrow Quiver

Estimate: $4,000 - $7,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
The lot features an outstanding scarce circa 1870 Chiricahua Apache parfleche hide arrow quiver from the ex-Wasko collection. The piece is a very early Chiricahua Apache example showing a thick parfleche rawhide construction being sinew sewn with polychrome mineral pigment painted in yellow, black and red. The opening of the bag has a wide section holding with sixteen diamond cutouts exposing the black mineral pigment hide below. The bag has two parfleche rawhide bands with scallop cut edge with Indian tanned hide ties and nails securing it to the wood support. The end has an elliptical cut parfleche sinew sewn bottom with wide band having the same diamond cutout sections exposing black pigment dyed hide below. The pattern of diamond cutout hide, polychrome painted finish and scallop cut hide has been document as being very specific the the Western Apache with other examples with nearly identical finishes being the Early Chiricahua Apache quiver valued at $10,000 from Garth's Auction 2004 sale, the Chiricahua Apache 19th Century quiver which sold in Cowan's 2013 sale for $5,535, and the example in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian attributed to the Chiricahua Apache collected by General Nelson A. Miles from the Cecelia Miles Reber Major General Sherman Miles collection dated to circa 1880 (all showing the exact diamond cutouts, scalloped edges, polychrome paints and hard parfleche hides). The peice is truly one of the best quivers we have offered with wonderful display and preservation, with the Indian hides and backing rod likely being later additions for preservation. Provenance: From the ex-collection of Wasko and Mitchell Kwiatkowski. Measures overall 30.25"L by 20"H with strap and 6.5"W without.