Murray Bros. Custom "Dragonfly" Buckle with Belt

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Murray Bros. Custom "Dragonfly" Buckle with Belt
An amazing 3-piece custom sterling and gold buckle set, mounted on a matching 3-section alligator belt that is joined by sterling and sapphire mounted swivels. The buckle set is intricately engraved with high-relief dragonfly and floral motif in sterling silver with 14K rose gold, 14K green gold, 18K & 22K yellow gold, and blue sapphires for the dragonfly eyes. The engraved silver mounted swivel connectors of the belt are the same high-relief floral carving, with inset lapis. The buckle is marked “No 56 / MURRAY BROS / MONTANA / .925 14K 18K 22K; the tip is marked “56 / MURRAY BROS / .925 18K 22K”; and the keeper is marked “56 / .925 22K”. The mounted connectors are each marked “MURRAY BROS” on one side, and “56 / .925 18K 22K” on the joining piece. The brown belt is wild American alligator by John Weinkauf of Kerrville, Texas. The belt is made to fit a 32" to 36" waist; the buckle is 3" x 3" with deep dome style. A truly exquisite and striking buckle and belt combination.

Dave Murray, Silversmith, Huntley, Montana.
Dave has been a full time silversmith for 50 years. He makes one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from diamond jewelry to silver coffee pots, but three-piece buckle sets are his specialty. His work is in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.

Lot 120, Brian Lebel's Cody Old West Auction - June 22, 2019. Santa Fe, NM.
Sold $11,210

Karl's / Don Ellis "Palomino" Buckle and Belt

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A beautiful and striking buckle in sterling and three-color 14K gold. Hand engraved by Don Ellis and mounted with a gold horse. The top edge of the buckle is mounted with gold flowers. Double marked with the “Karl's / Seattle / Sterling /14K” mark. 2 1/4" x 3 1/2". The belt is an impressive diamond supreme style with alternating gold and silver diamonds. 1 1/2" wide; 42" from the clip point to end of the leather, appears to fit approximately a 34" to 36" waist. 

Provenance: Includes letter from Dick Ellis, son of Don.

Lot 83, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $8,850

Buckles, Buckles, Buckles!

The June 10, 2017 auction has a stunning array of Bohlin and Hudson buckles. Men's, women's, trophy buckles, ranger sets...we've got you covered!

Lot 72: Edward H. Bohlin "Snuff" Buckle Set, Sold $826. Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 72: Edward H. Bohlin "Snuff" Buckle Set, Sold $826.
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 78: Edward H. Bohlin Bighorn Sheep Trophy Buckle, Sold $4,720 EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 78: Edward H. Bohlin Bighorn Sheep Trophy Buckle, Sold $4,720
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 82: Edward H. Bohlin Fancy "SG" Buckle with Belt, Sold $2,920. Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 82: Edward H. Bohlin Fancy "SG" Buckle with Belt, Sold $2,920.
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 88: Edward H. Bohlin Silver and Jeweled Buckle Set, Sold $7,670 EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 88: Edward H. Bohlin Silver and Jeweled Buckle Set, Sold $7,670
EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 87: 14K & 18K Bohlin Buckle Set with Extras, Sold $3,835. Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett

Lot 87: 14K & 18K Bohlin Buckle Set with Extras, Sold $3,835.
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett

Lot 73: Edward H. Bohlin Cheyenne 3-piece Buckle Set with Two Belts, Sold $944. Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 73: Edward H. Bohlin Cheyenne 3-piece Buckle Set with Two Belts, Sold $944.
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 83: Bohlinmade, Hollywood "Snuff" Buckle on Alligator Belt, Sold $1,180. Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 83: Bohlinmade, Hollywood "Snuff" Buckle on Alligator Belt, Sold $1,180.
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 85: 18K Gold Filigreed Buckle by the Distinguished Hudson Silver of Dallas, Texas, est. $10,000-14,000 EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 85: 18K Gold Filigreed Buckle by the Distinguished Hudson Silver of Dallas, Texas, est. $10,000-14,000
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 86: 18K Gold Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Rubies, and Exotic Belts with Extra Tips, Sold $3,835. Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett

Lot 86: 18K Gold Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Rubies, and Exotic Belts with Extra Tips, Sold $3,835.
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett

The Estate of Snuff Garrett (1938-2015)

The Estate of Snuff Garrett 

If you don’t know who Snuff Garret is, you need to Google him immediately. One of the greatest American music record producers of all time, Snuff wasn’t just rich and famous, he was ostentatious and hilarious, fun and funny, brilliant, quick, and as foul mouthed as a man could be. He was a hoot. And he was a cowboy.

Thomas Leslie “Snuff” Garrett was born in Dallas, Texas. He dropped out of high school, became a disc jockey in Lubbock, and went on to become the most successful record producer of the 1960s and 1970s. A few of his stable of artists included Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Johnny Burnette, Del Shannon, Cher, Brenda Lee, Nancy Sinatra and countless others. He worked with Phil Spector, Carole King, Leon Russell, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. Snuff’s great talent was his ability to know a hit song when he heard one, and know who should sing it. He was, to everyone’s agreement, a genius in that respect.

Snuff loved music, and he loved art. Along with his music friends, and Hollywood friends, Snuff had artist friends. Olaf Wieghorst, Joe Beeler, Michael Coleman, John Hampton, Tom Ryan, Gary Niblett, Harley Brown and many others. Snuff’s home was filled with art from his cowboy artist buddies. It was also filled with movie posters. Framed original lithographs hung floor to ceiling, featuring the antics of Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Rex Allen and the others. Every room in Snuff’s house was a testament to his many passions. 

Of his many famous friends, Roy Rogers and Snuff had a particularly special relationship. Snuff grew up on Hollywood cowboys and he worshipped Roy. When, as an adult, he met and worked with Roy, the two became fast friends. Frequently Snuff referred to Roy as a “father figure.” It was clear in the way that Snuff emulated Roy (from his suits to his boots), that he had great respect for the man. They remained dear friends for life.  

Snuff was an avid collector, and not given to restraint in any way. In the 1980s he bought the then-struggling Bohlin Company after Ed passed away. He has a whole lot of Bohlin buckles to show for it. He was a member of the exclusive Charlie Russell Riders, and prized his Riders collection. But the best part about Snuff’s collecting – whether gifts from famous friends, rare movie posters, silver spurs, or anything else for that matter -- is that he did it out of love. He loved this stuff, and he took great pleasure in living with it every day. Snuff’s heart was as big as his personality.

We are honored (though saddened) to offer items from the Estate of our fu*#%ing friend, Snuff Garrett. The collection is extensive and impressive, and more pieces will be offered at our June auction in Fort Worth. Many of Snuff’s collectibles are personalized, or personal, or just plain cool. Like he was.  

If you’d like to learn more about Snuff Garrett, we recommend you do an Internet search for the Sept. 3, 1998 “Phoenix New Times” article about Snuff by Gilbert Garcia. It’s titled, “Happy Trails.”

Lot 38: Roy Rogers' Personal Eagle Boots, a gift from Roy to Snuff.   Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017 Sold $7,670

Lot 38: Roy Rogers' Personal Eagle Boots, a gift from Roy to Snuff.
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $7,670

Lot 130: 18K Gold Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Snuff's initials in Rubies, and  Exotic Belts with Extra Tips.   Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017 Sold $8,850

Lot 130: 18K Gold Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Snuff's initials in Rubies, and  Exotic Belts with Extra Tips.
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $8,850

Lot 272: Cattle Brand Engraved Colt Single Action. Bohlin marked sterling and 14K gold grips with high relief steer head.   Sold $18,150   Lot 273: Edward H. Bohlin Two-Tone, Sterling Gun Rig.   Sold $7,865     Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017

Lot 272: Cattle Brand Engraved Colt Single Action. Bohlin marked sterling and 14K gold grips with high relief steer head. Sold $18,150
Lot 273: Edward H. Bohlin Two-Tone, Sterling Gun Rig. Sold $7,865
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017

Lot 194: One of several lots by Snuff's friend Olaf Wieghorst   Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017 Sold $1,534

Lot 194: One of several lots by Snuff's friend Olaf Wieghorst
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $1,534

Lot 43: Pair of Tom Mix Circus Original Lithograph Posters.   Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017 Sold $2,242

Lot 43: Pair of Tom Mix Circus Original Lithograph Posters.
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $2,242