Date: 19th century
Media: Buffalo hide, commercial hide, silver, turquoise
Dimensions: Pouch 4″ by 5″, overall 26″
Description: This buffalo hide pouch was likely used long before it became the current bandolier bag. The painting on the front is unusual, and has Apache association for me. The central painted design is similar to a Maltese cross and has Spanish Colonial influence. The conchos were added later, but they themselves look to be early 20th century. There is evidence of other holes used to hold other attachments to secure the pouch closed. This is a layered artifact, time wise and element wise. It’s beautiful for all its varied influences and elegant yet primitive appeal.
Condition: Condition is very good with surface wear. There are 24 small conchos lining the commercial leather strap. There are 7 conchos on the face of the bag. 6 are smaller and of similar value all centered with a turquoise stone. The center, 7th concho is the largest.