Ink signature, “Geronimo,” on an off-white 3.25 x 5 lightly-lined sheet also signed by the last Chiricahua chief, “Christian Naiche,” and the interpreter and leader of the Ndendai group of the Chiricahua band, “Asa Daklugie, Later elected Chief Fort Sill, Oklahoma.” Lieutenant George Albert Purington of the 8th Infantry, who was in charge of Geronimo and his fellow prisoners at Fort Sill, also signs below Geronimo’s signature as a witness. Attractively suede-matted and framed with an unattributed pencil sketch of the great Apache warrior to an overall size of 17.5 x 21.75. In fine condition, with a stray ink mark affecting one letter of Geronimo’s signature and unobtrusive tears to the upper right. Originates from an autograph book belonging to Clara Schofield, the daughter of General John Schofield. A fantastic, well-documented autograph of the Western legend along with the unusual addition of his two compatriots. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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Chiricahua Apache (1829–1909) who attained the status of legend for his steadfast defense of Native American lands against the United States government. Pristine pencil signature, “Geronimo,” on the reverse of an off-white 3 x 1.5 calling card imprinted with the name of Mr. Clifford Melville Swan (now obscured by framing). Beautifully double-suede-matted and framed with a portrait of Geronimo to an overall size of 13 x 19. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance stating that the autograph was sold through Christie’s in 1994 and originated from a turn-of-the-century collection of a Massachusetts resident. After being moved for the last time to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1894, Geronimo settled into old age as a celebrity—appearing at fairs (including the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis), riding in President Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade, and releasing his popular autobiography the same year. Geronimo’s signature is among the most elusive and desirable of Old West autographs, and hardly ever found in such immaculate condition.
Chiricahua Apache (1829–1909) who attained the status of legend for his steadfast defense of Native American lands against the United States government. Very scarce pencil signature, “Geronimo,” on the reverse of an off-white 3 x 2.25 calling card imprinted with the name “Mrs. M. A. Cleveland.” This was originally affixed to the first free end page of the included book, a 1906 first edition copy of Geronimo’s Story of His Life, edited by S. M. Barrett, and was labeled below in black ink, “Signed by Geronimo and given to father at Buffalo Exposition,” with an ownership notation at the top, “Milo Cleveland, Brockport, N. Y.” Scattered soiling and a few unobtrusive creases to the card, otherwise fine condition. Now remembered as the Pan-American Exposition, the Buffalo Exposition was a World’s Fair held from May 1 to November 2, 1901, and was one of the major expos Geronimo participated in as a celebrity attraction; fairgoers paid to see Geronimo and obtain his autograph, for which he charged one dollar. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.