A quiver is a container for arrow
An arrow is a shafted projectile that is shot with a bow. It predates recorded history and is common to most cultures.An arrow usually consists of a shaft with an arrowhead attached to the front end, with fletchings and a nock at the other.- History:...
s. Quivers have been traditionally made of leather, bark, wood, furs and other natural materials; modern quivers are often made of metal and plastic.
Some contemporary quivers are designed for special usage such as for speed shooting. Cavalry quivers may be attached to the saddle. Most archers still use a traditional quiver at the hip or on the back, for general arrow storage and target practice, while using a specialized quiver when needed.
The following is an excerpt from the Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Series Books: Archery, about the different kinds of quivers:
Quivers hold your arrows when you are shooting. The style of quiver you choose will depend on the type of archery you shoot.
Belt quivers attach to your belt and allows you to reach arrows easily. Styles include vertical, diagonal, hip, pocket, and holster.
Ground quivers stick in the ground. They may have a rack to hold your bow as well as a container to keep your arrows upright.
Back quivers sling over either shoulder. One drawback to these quivers is that you must reach high to withdraw an arrow, a problem if you are trying to sneak up on game or you are target shooting in a forested area.
Bow quivers attach to the bow, giving the hunters the convenience of carrying only one piece of equipment through the brush. Some field archers use bow quivers, but tournament archers usually find them too clumsy.