More about Edward H. Bohlin (1895-1980) / Bohlin Saddlery

Emil Helge Bohlin, was born in Orebro Sweden, and was infatuated with American cowboy life until at age 17 he boarded a freighter and worked his way to America. In 1912 he moved to Miles City MT. and cow punched and learned English. In 1916, Ed, as he was now known, moved to Cody, WY. where he drove one of the last stage routes into the East entrance of Yellowstone National Park. He worked with both a blacksmith and a jeweler in Cody and honed his skills fabricating bits, spurs and buckles. He opened a small leather goods shop in Cody in 1920 where there was special demand for his innovative 3 piece buckle sets. Being a performer, he eventually joined a vaudeville company that took him to Hollywood. Here he met Tom Mix, who bought the coat off his back as well as his fine tooled leather boots, and travel bag. By 1922 he was living in Hollywood making silver and leather goods at his Hollywood Novelty and Leather Shop. By 1926 he had a well established business as Edward H. Bohlin, Inc. after which all leather goods, and silver were marked “Bohlinmade, Hollywood, California”. He eventually went on to become the silversmith to the stars including, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and the Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore among many others. The business today is located in Los Angeles under the ownership of William Reynolds who strives to “keep alive in spirit the craftsmanship, and appreciation for Bohlin artistry”.

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Edward H. Bohlin (1895-1980) / Bohlin Saddlery
Bohlin – Big Horn Sheep Bolo/Scarf Slide

Bohlin – Big Horn Sheep Bolo...