Geronimo character jug in a trial colorway modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in 1985. Geronimo (1829-1909) was chief of the southern Chiricahua band of Apache Indians who raided and plundered southwestern U.S. settlements for many years. Geronimo was a hater of the white men who had killed his wife and children. As the last leader of the Apaches, he performed such daring feats that the Mexicans named him Geronimo. In resisting white colonization, Geronimo led a courageous and bloody campaign against the U.S. troops in the Southwest but was eventually forced to surrender in 1886, ending the last significant Indian guerrilla action in the United States. Upon his surrender, Geronimo and over 300 of his fellow Chiricahuas were shipped to Fort Pickens, Florida, then, one year later, to Alabama, and finally to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where Geronimo spent the rest of his life. He was reduced to selling photographs of himself and Indian handiwork at expositions. To the pioneers and settlers of Arizona and New Mexico, he was a bloody-handed murderer. To the Apaches, Geronimo embodied the very essence of Apache values: aggressiveness and courage in the face of adversity. Indian game pieces form the handle of this jug.
Wild West Collection