An extremely rare example of an Apache War Hat collected in the late 1920's in Dulce, NM on the Jicarilla reservation. Experts who have looked at this piece say that it is probably of Western Apache manufacture due to the beadwork style and not Jicarilla in origin even though it was purchased there from an old Apache Cavalry Scout along with numerous other artifacts of the same period. The thread sewn attached beadwork is typically western Apache and is affixed to the thick brain tanned elk hide with sinew. The beaded portions are backed with a lovely early calico cloth and faded silk ribbons have been attached to the side tabs. Old silver (tested as coin silver) hammered dollars have been attached to the sides and blue trade cloth under lays many of the elements in typical Apache tradition. The rear fringe curtain is also underlying by blue wool trade cloth. The antelope were admired by the Apache for their speed, agility and fleetness of foot, all traits that Apache warriors admired and wished to emulate. The horns are attached to the head piece with thick sinew and leather cording and baling wire. The leather is thick but still supple and in good condition. This war bonnet presents beautifully and has been displayed on a period Victorian milliners head piece for over one hundred years. 10" x 24" in overall size.
The Victorian display is included with purchase.
1880's Apache War Hat
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