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Charles Sample - Charlie Sample

Birth place or City of origin: Allegheny Reservation
State of origin: PA
Last known City: Buellton
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1903
Death/End date: 2003

One of the most endearing curmudgeon’s in the Born on the Allegheny Reservation in Pennsylvania in 1903, Charlie moved to Southern California with his family in 1916 working while in high school for the foundry California Art Bronze. In the mid 1920s, Sample went to work for Edward Bohlin for 35C/hr in 1925 . When the fire department shut down the shop forge, Bohlin started buying bit and spur blanks from Crockett and Charlie became a specialist in fabricating a silver box overlay to soldered on the blanks then engraving in the classic California floral and leaf motifs. By the early 30’s, Charlie has enough of Ed’s temper and went to work for master gunsmith, August Pachmayr where he learned gun engraving and repair. In 1948, he started the Charles Sample Company where he was joined by renowned ex-Bohlin engraver, Phillip Fredholm in the production of buckles, rings, bolo ties and bits and spurs. In 1970, Sample moved to Buellton where he made commemorative coins and medals while frequenting the local cowboy events and collector shows where he would entertain all listeners with his raucous tales of days of yore

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Added 1/20/2012

Charlie was born on the Allegheny Reservation in Pennsylvania in 1903, moving to Southern California with his family in 1916. He worked while in high school for the foundry California Art Bronze. In the mid 1920s, Sample went to work for Edward Bohlin for 35¢/hr in 1925. When the fire department shut down the shop forge, Bohlin started buying bit and spur blanks from Crockett, Charlie became a specialist in fabricating a silver box overlay to solder on the blanks then engraving in the classic California floral and leaf motifs. By the early 30s, Charlie had enough of Ed’s temper and went to work for master gunsmith, August Pachmayr where he learned gun engraving and repair. In 1948, he started the Charles Sample Company where he was joined by renowned ex-Bohlin engraver, Phillip Fredholm in the production of buckles, rings, bolo ties and bits and spurs. In 1970, Sample moved to Buellton where he made commemorative coins and medals while frequenting the local cowboy events and collector shows where he would entertain all listeners with his raucous tales of days of yore. Charlie passed away in 2003 at the ripe old age of 100.

 

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