North America, United States, Arizona, ca. second half of the 19th century CE; Native American, southwestern United States, Arizona and New Mexico, Chiricahua Apache people, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A nickel-silver pocket watch with a 95% silver chain and pyramidal pendant as well as a brass winding key. The watch face reads "Appleton, Tracy & Co." above the central pin. Engraved inside the back panel is "FAHYS ORESILVER NO. 1, PAT. Feb 19th 1884" set above a serial number 355635, and the underside of the interior lid reads an identical serial number. The key wind movement serial reads 31172 above an engraved manufacturers' label reading "P.S. Bartlett, WALTHAM, MASS." Intricately engraved on the back panel is "Agent Joseph C. Tiffany, San Carlos Reservation, Ariz. Terr." Accompanying the watch is a wonderful Chiricahua Apache leather holster with colorful beadwork across the front and belt strap. Size (watch): 2.2" W x 3.25" H (5.6 cm x 8.3 cm); (chain): 14.7" L (37.3 cm); (case): 2.875" W x 7.75" H (7.3 cm x 19.7 cm); quality of silver: 95%
Agent Joseph C. Tiffany was considered the most corrupt Indian reservation agent in history and was responsible for several uprisings during General Crook’s Severed Head Campaign of the Apache Wars. As Major Jeremy T. Siegrist explains, "The Central Chiricahuas, which had moved from their promised reservation in the Dragoon Mountains to San Carlos peacefully in 1876, rebelled in September 1881 mainly because of fraud on the reservation. Subsequent to the outbreak, a Federal Grand Jury found Indian Agent J.C. Tiffany 'in open violation of law and in defiance of public justice.' Corruption had caused discontent on the reservation, which a medicine man stirred into revolt, claiming that several old chiefs were returning to drive the white man from Apache lands." (Major Jeremy T. Siegrist. "Apache Wars: A Constabulary Perspective." United States Army Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 2005, p. 51)
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; ex-Gary Sullivan collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Watch still functions, though may need calibration. One fissure to front glass panel stabilized with tape on interior. Minor losses to some beads on case, otherwise both case and watch are intact and very good. Nice patina on watch and great remaining beadwork on leather case.