H.H. Heiser Presentation Display Saddle with Bohlin Silver Mountings

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Two great makers, one great saddle. Incredible Heiser floral tooled saddle with Sterling silver mountings attributed to Edward H. Bohlin. Two-toned brown tooling with bucking horse on both fenders and “AS” (or “SA”) brand. The brand is repeated in silver engraving on top of the horn. Circular “HEISER / DENVER” mark on the 14” seat. Bohlin silverwork is rope edged and engraved, with raised conchos and classic Bohlin details. Rope edge sterling cantle binding and matching gullet mounting. Initials “B.B.H” engraved on silver plate on back of cantle. Complete with an original Bohlinmade marked brown and cream corona.

Lot 573, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $20,000-25,000.

Edward H. Bohlin Extraordinary Show Spurs

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Custom, one-of-a-kind filigreed spurs by Edward H. Bohlin. A stunning achievement constructed of 10k, 14k, 18k and 22k gold, along with sterling silver. Maker marked, “Bohlinmade / Hollywood / Calif.” Fully-mounted sterling silver blanks with rose gold filigreed floral pattern heelbands, raised rose gold floral stylized straight shank, and yellow gold rope edge. 2-piece, 2 1/8”, 20-point rowels with gold point inlays and 1-inch gold Bohlin Indian Head rowel covers. The spur “straps” are solid silver dove wings, with rose gold filigreed centers, and yellow gold flowers with inset rubies all around. Yellow gold rope edges on the straps, which are attached to swinging buttons with 1 1/2” rose gold Bohlin Indian Head conchos.

Neither subtle nor understated, they are quintessentially Bohlin.

Lot 603, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $25,000-35,000.

The Lone Ranger's Edward H. Bohlin Saddle Ensemble

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Legendary Bohlin saddle ensemble belonging to the Lone Ranger. From the estate of producer Jack Wrather, this is the saddle seen in most every television episode and film appearance of the Lone Ranger throughout the 1950s. Most often seen being ridden by Clayton Moore, it was also used by John Hart in his portrayal of the masked man, and most correctly belonged to the character of the Lone Ranger rather than an actor playing him. The saddle, bridle and breast collar set are in the style of Bohlin’s San Gabriel model, with only a few variations. The Bohlin shield plate is engraved “L R” and the rear cantle plate is beautifully inscribed “The Lone Ranger.” The seat is 14 1/2" and the cantle 4 1/2", the tapaderos are 22" long. A production-used, classic Bohlin saddle ensemble seen by millions and immortalized on film and television. 
Pictured: "Saddlemaker to the Stars: The Leather and Silver Art of Edward H. Bohlin," by James Nottage, page 117.  
Exhibited: Autry Museum of the American West. 

Lot 216, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM.
Sold $153,400

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Edward H. Bohlin Vest and Chaps

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Ladies sterling silver parade set with batwing chaps and matching vest, for the discriminating rider. Starburst design of six-point stars with leather overlay, with 3-step flower conchos. Large engraved plates on the corners. Early Bohlinmade football mark on buckle and tip. The shield cartouche is on each side of the belt. One spot missing on vest, otherwise excellent. A classic, woman’s Bohlin statement piece.

Lot 59, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM.
Sold $8,000

Edward H. Bohlin Child's Hexagon Parade Saddle

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Wonderful Edward H. Bohlin, black, fully floral carved child’s saddle. The Hexagon model, circa late 1940s to early 1950s, it is a perfectly proportioned silver mounted pony saddle with 2 ½” cantle, 12” seat, sterling Bohlin seat plate and Bohlinmade oval cartouche under the Indian head pelican horn. 18” tapaderos with engraved silver caps, plus 100-percent original, fully matching bridle, bit and breast collar. Includes black and white Bohlin corona. Rare and highly collectable. Includes custom saddle stand. 

Lot 180, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM.
Sold $20,060

Bob Tanner’s Personal Edward H. Bohlin Dickson Parade Ensemble

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This fantastic Edward Bohlin saddle outfit was worn for many years in the famous Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade by the almost-as-famous, Bob Tanner. A complete set, it includes the matching bridle, Bohlin diamond bit, heavy breast collar, red corona, and wonderful serapes with a star-burst pattern around the letter “T”. The “T” is repeated on the impressive 24” tapaderos. The seat measures 15” with a rope edge cantle. The name plate on the cantle reads, “BOB TANNER / BISHOP, CALIFORNIA”, and seat plate is engraved “BOB TANNER”. The Tanners often visited with Ed Bohlin himself, and anything they needed came directly from Ed, like this custom and unique set. The set comes with 2 coronas; red and white, and yellow and white. Also included are color photocopies of two photographs: Mrs. Tanner riding the saddle in the Rose Parade; and the Tanners with Ed Bohlin and the saddle in front of Ed's shop. 

Lot 169, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $47,200

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Edward H. Bohlin Parade Spurs and Boots

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A very special parade set. The spurs, straps, buckles and heel caps are marked Bohlinmade. Highly engraved sterling in the Hollywood style. The spurs are stamped Crockett, but are clearly mounted by Bohlin. They have 2 1/2” webbed rowels on arrow shanks and 1 1/4” tapered bands. The straps feature large 1 3/4” sterling conchos and marked three-piece buckle sets. The boots are black with white inlays, square toes, and measure 9 3/4” from toe to heel. Circa 1930s or early 40s. 

Spurs pictured: James H. Nottage's "Saddlemaker to the Stars (1996)  -- The Leather and Silver Art of Edward H. Bohlin", Pg. 136.

Lot 97, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $11,800.

Stunning Edward H. Bohlin Texas Sesquicentennial Spurs

Created in the mid-1980s by then-owner of the Bohlin Company, Danny Lang, this striking and impressive pair of one-of-a-kind, double-mounted, intricately engraved parade spurs overlaid in sterling and three-color 18K gold, was designed to celebrate the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial. The pair has the trademark cookie-cutter rowels inset with engraved sterling washers, jinglebobs secured by silver spots, and four upturned buttons mounted with gold hearts. The off-side features raised gold longhorns and trumpets “TEXAS” down the shank, while the front is adorned with a bold and golden, heavy gauge 5-pointed star, the Sesquicentennial dates of “1836-1986” and Danny Lang’s “DL” initials. The fully floral tooled, laced and lined black two-piece spur straps are decorated with sterling stars and feature 3-piece engraved silver buckle sets. Outstanding, unused condition.
PICTURED: Page 41 of the 1980s, #15 Edward H. Bohlin Company Catalog
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 97, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Sold $17,700.

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

Edward H. Bohlin Sterling Silver Spurs

Snuff Garrett's personal Edward Bohlin, Hollywood spurs with full silver overlay and Cheyenne heel bands. Gold SG initials on the center of the band. Cookie cutter rowels, and well-marked with the small football shaped "Bohlinmade" cartouche. The straps are tooled and decorated with poppy buttons, longhorn rope edge conchos and 3 piece Bohlinmade marked buckle sets. The leather has the large Bohlin shield. 

Provenance: From the Estate of Tommy “Snuff” Garrett.

Lot 133, Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $8,850

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

Edward H. Bohlin Boots and Spurs

Lot 120 - Rare and early Edward H. Bohlin silver-mounted iron (not stainless) spurs with Bohlin-made silver repoussé boots. Artistically and intricately engraved, Cheyenne heelband clearly influenced by Ed's tenure in Cody, Wyoming; silver overlaid rowels, classic Bohlin two-piece maker-marked straps with silver conchos and three-piece Bohlinmade ranger buckles. Spurs are fine, 100% original condition, boots show some wear along the bottoms and are 11" toe to heel. Circa 1929.

Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 11, 2016
Sold $27,600

Starr's Silver Shop, Reno, Nevada

Lot 125 - Sterling Parade Chaps and Vest Set

Striking, brown leather and sterling parade vest and chaps. Dazzling Starr's Silver Shop, Reno, Nevada maker-marked, two-tone brown, matching floral carved Vest and Batwing Chaps, exquisitely and artistically adorned with hundreds of heavy gauge sterling silver mountings, filigreed corners and gold horseheads. Custom designed by the renowned Nevada silversmith in the early 1950s for a most discriminating parade participant, the fully lined leather Vest is mounted with deeply engraved domed silver conchos in graduated sizes, spaced with sterling spots forming a stylized and regal 6-pointed star leading to a raised solid gold horsehead center. The Vest front has double exterior pockets and is fully trimmed with silver conchos and spots. The corners of the vest are artfully adorned with engraved filigreed silver plates below matching gold horseheads. The long and impressive Batwing Chaps are fully and beautifully floral carved and trimmed in sterling silver conchos and spots while featuring three 6-pointed stars down each leg formed with round, domed silver conchos in graduated sizes. The belt is attached via three-piece buckle set maker-stamped with the Starr saddlery stamp. This parade outfit is unquestionably one the most elegant, opulent and artistic that we have ever had the pleasure to sell -- comparable to  work from the most prestigious period Hollywood shops like Edward Bohlin and John McCabe.

Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 11, 2016
Sold $34,500

Roy Rogers' Boots and Spurs

Roy Rogers' personal eagle boots and Bohlin spurs, from the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection.

Roy Rogers' Eagle Boots and Bohlin Spurs

SPURS: 1930s Edward H. Bohlin silver overlaid, Hollywood, California, maker-marked stainless steel spurs with 2 1/2" shanks, 1 3/4" cookie-cutter rowels. Bohlinmade, Hollywood oval football cartouche stamped below the bar affixed to the swinging buttons on the left spur. Right spur made-to-match. 2-piece floral carved, Bohlin marked straps with 1 1/2" scalloped and engraved conchos and 3-piece maker-marked 1/2" engraved sterling buckle sets. Holes drilled on the heelbands for tie downs. 

BOOTS: Classic Roy Rogers custom-made boots with inlaid eagles on the shaft and back quarter, and another eagle on the vamp. Gold inlaid stars cross the top piping with decorative pulls. The boots have a Roy-made 2" slit on along the sole, his unique way of breaking in a snug pair of boots according to his son, Dusty.

Worn extensively by Roy from the early 1940s through the 1950s. Prominently displayed in numerous photos and at the Victorville and Branson Museums. 

Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction, Jan 24, 2015
SOLD $6,900