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Bohlin Company - Edward H Bohlin

Birth place or City of origin:
State of origin: Sweden
Last known City: Hollywood
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1895
Death/End date: 1980

Born in Sweden in 1895 he ran away from home at age 15 working his way to America on a huge four-mast schooner. Worked cattle drives around Montana before opening his first saddle shop in Cody, Wyoming where Ed did rope tricks in front of his shop to draw business. Met Tom Mix while performing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood who convinced Ed to stay and produce silver and leather items in the Los Angeles area. The Edward H Bohlin Company was without equal among western style silversmiths building a reputation on flawless workmanship that ranged from silver and gold trophy buckles to ornate parade saddles. The company, which operated from the early 1920s through the 1980s, reached its apex in the 1930s when the Hollywood cowboys reigned supreme. Bohlin was a stickler for details and employed the finest silver and leather workers of his era to satisfy discriminating clients including Mae West, Hopalong Cassidy, Monte Hale, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan.

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Edward H Bohlin’s premier craftsman and one of the finest silversmiths of the Hollywood Cowboy era, Fredholm was a master tool and dye maker, who is credited with making the top-of-the-line dyes, for Bohlin’s buckles and conchos in the late 1920s and 1930s. Known to have created Bohlin’s famous saddle, which depicted California’s various historical missions in solid silver and hand chased in bold relief. Phillip also worked for the legendary Mike Morales when he moved from Portland to Los Angeles and set up his shop at 2213 Sunset Blvd. After Morales’ death Fredholm opened his own shop where he created some of his finest work, including many prize-winning silver saddles.

David Samuels: Virtually every item we crafted during my tenure was engraved by Daniel Castenada -an extraordinarily talented gentleman. T
CF is Charlie Feroze. Charlie is Ahmad Khan's (AK) cousin. Charlie worked in our Shop and in his own Shop in Glendale. CF originally apprenticed for AK and later struck out on his own. I thought Charlie was better than Ahmad, who was known to take shortcuts from time to time. Charlie had significant experience crafting spur sets too.

 

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