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A functional replica of an Apache bow in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum collections. This is a new bow made in 2021. Following the original at 50 inches long and averaging around 1 inch wide throughout most of the length. The original was examined by Michael Frank (the bowyer here) in 1994, when it was brought into the Smithsonian's Museum Support Center Conservation lab, for rehousing support and possible travel display.  The wood that it was made of was not listed, but was a white hardwood. This replica was made in Hickory, and matches the original in diameter of sapling,  and length and width. The back of the bow was painted black for the entire length of the limbs, and the last inch of tip painted red. The bow pulls 48 lbs at 24 inches of draw, made for the "snap shot" pulled to the midsection, or higher draw but not pulled and held at chin.  It was not meant to be drawn by our modern longbow style of pulling to the chin, with arms outstretched over 24 inches.  It was intended for display of bowmaking techniques of Southwestern Native Americans.  

Although a replica, this item is still a functional and potentially dangerous weapon, and the buyer is responsible for proper and safe use.

Apache Bow Functional Replica

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