Edward H. Bohlin Company History



The most sought after creation in the Cowboy tack world for so many Western collectors is a Bohlin made silver parade saddle due to its rich embellishments and style. In the long history of horsemen and saddle makers Edward H. Bohlin (1895-1980) was without question one of the most influential and inventive craftsmen of the twentieth century. From his early years as an immigrant cowboy in Montana, a chance encounter with a famous Hollywood Western star enabled Bohlin to develop a world-renowned career as a designer and maker of luxury Western-style silver-mounted saddles, horse tack and related goods.

His astonishing silver-encrusted parade saddles, produced for riders in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, for millions to see, constituted an entirely fabulous expression in American decorative arts that continues to dazzle crowds to this day. There is nothing like a gorgeous three dimensional Bohlin made silver parade outfit to knock your boots off when seen in the right setting and lighting. Whether seen on the parade route or in the home, these magnificent works of art are still the material of dreams. The Bohlin silver saddles are the earthy stuff of exciting fantasies. There is no way to not notice them. They have both brilliance, sparkle and presence. The silver shines in the sunlight as you see the classy horses passing by during the greatest of parades.


Bohlin makers mark
LEATHER MAKERS MARK
Bohlin saddle plate mark
SADDLE PLATE MARK
Bohlin silver buckle makers mark
SILVER BUCKLE MAKERS MARK
Bohlin silver buckle makers mark - another version
SILVER BUCKLE MAKERS MARK 2