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#153 - Western: Geronimo

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Geronimo’s iconic ponytail and a 1904 signature

Sought-after pencil signature, “Geronimo,” on an off-white 3.75 x 2 card, with collector’s notations penciled above and below: “Signature of Geronimo, Sept 30-1904, at Worlds Fair St Louis.” Displayed below is a substantial lock of Geronimo’s hair, which is accompanied by materials thoroughly tracing its provenance. Matted and framed to an overall size of 17.75 x 14. In overall fine condition, with some brushing to graphite in the signature. Accompanied by a packet of provenance information, as well as a small 1904 pocket notebook used by the same person that wrote the notations on the signed card.

The primary piece of supporting evidence is a letter published in a newspaper dated August 19, 1920, written from Allen C. Boman to his friend George Lawton, sending him several American Indian artifacts. In the letter, Boman writes that he ‘cut Geronimo’s hair using a goodly amount of bacon grease in lieu of scented bear’s oil and had him looking ten years younger.’ Boman goes on to say, ‘As I preserved old Geronimo’s heavy black inclosing the same to you for your collection.’ A notarized letter by Brad Chill also attests to the authenticity of the lock, as does a letter from John Reznikoff.

Provenance: 1. Geronimo 2. Allen Boman 3. George ‘Farmer’ Lawton 4. Collector and dealer Tom Richardson 5. Brad Chill, The Old West Gallery 6. John Reznikoff, University Archives Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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