This is a fully beaded circa 1880s Jicarilla Apache beaded child’s vest. It is a rare Apache vest from the Dulce, New Mexico area.
The vest was beaded on an old flour or sugar sack material. It is bound around the neck with a 3-color red cotton calico. It was thread beaded. The beads are Venetian glass trade beads in light blue, white, translucent dark green, pumpkin and red white-hearts. It is a very small boy’s vest. The red background and geometric designs point to its Jicarilla origin. A few rows of beads need to be restored, but the condition for this remarkable piece is good for its age. The piece is not fragile and beads are not falling off. There is some patina around the neckline and the inside of the vest. It measures 12? wide x 11 1/2? long.