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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Victor Alexander Parade Saddle Set with Keyston Bros. (San Francisco) Silver Mountings

Black, floral carved sterling silver mounted parade saddle with 21" long tapaderos, original black and white wool corona, 14” seat and inset sterling seat-plate stamped, “Victor Alexander - Hayward, Calif.” Saddle is heavily adorned with domed and scalloped Keyston Bros conchos in varying sizes, plus sterling swells caps and exquisitely engraved, fully silvered, heavy gauge 3 1/2" high cantle. Ensemble includes Bridle with Fleming Bit and maker-marked Keyston Bros (San Francisco) silver plus matching Breast Collar. Fine, very ridable condition, circa 1940-42.

Lot 58, Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $22,420

Karl’s of Seattle

Karl’s of Seattle was owned by Karl L. Raab who employed one of the premier silversmiths on the west coast, Don Ellis (1913-1969), to manufacture mountings for their coveted line of parade saddles. Don grew up in Seattle where he was a self-taught silversmith and engraver. During his younger years as a rodeo rider, Don created his first rodeo trophy buckle for Ellensburg, Washington rodeo events. By the 1940s he was making silver saddles as well as gold and silver buckles. In the early 1950s Don created the lavish gold and silver presentation buckles for the Rodeo Cowboy Association and completed his crowning achievement, the Wes Williams’ saddle that is on display at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Don is often referred to as the “Ed Bohlin of the Pacific Northwest” when, in fact, his exquisite style of engraving met or exceeded the best that the renowned Hollywood Saddle Maker to the Stars ever had to offer.

Lot 7: Karl’s, Washington State, Parade Saddle with Don Ellis Silver Mountings.

Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 11, 2016
Sold $4,130