Ranger Set Belt - by Edward H. Bohlin, CJSUMB18-02
Edward Bohlin was born in Sweden in 1895, at age 15 he ran away from home to America. He worked cattle drives around Montana before opening his first saddle shop in Cody, Wyoming where he did rope tricks in front of his shop to draw business. He met Tom Mix while performing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Mix convinced Ed to stay and produce his work in the Los Angeles area. Ed crafted more than 12,000 saddles including many grand silver outfits of Tournament of Roses Parade fame. The Edward H. Bohlin company which operated from 1920s-1980s reached its climax in the 1930s when Hollywood cowboys became popular. Bolin made sure to have the best silversmiths an leatherworkers for famous clients such as Mae West, Ronald Reggan, and Lyndon Johnson. This belt and buckle is one of the finest made under Edward Bolin. A fine piece to add to your collection.