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Vintage Find of the Day: Bohlin Buckle Sets

By Valerie Lawrence

Two stunning vintage buckle sets available:



Not only are you buying a magnificent man’s buckle set, you are buying a legend with this grouping. Gals, this would look phenomenal looped around an Arizona skirt or jeans.  Designed by master craftsman Edward H. Bohlin in 1930, the unusual art nouveau features are a prominent design element in the “Arizona” motif which features cacti, mountains and wild grasses. It measures 3 x 2-5/8 inches, and has a sterling silver base with an overlay of 14K yellow gold. There are two days of bidding left, but you can have it now for $3900.


The second vintage set, also created by Bohlin, is from his “Parade” series.  A classic beauty, it has a floret motif made of 12K and 18K gold. Four days are left with a starting bid of $2000

If you don't know Edward H. Bohlin, you certainly know his tack and saddles.  Owner and founder of Edward H. Bohlin, “Saddlemakers, Silversmiths, Hollywood, California,” he was the silversmith for the Stars.  Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Buc Jones, The Lone Ranger, and John Wayne were among a few of his clients.

Credit: Stevesomething



Credit: - Edward H. Bohlin is standing with his personal saddle, and horse…prepared to ride in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

Reader Comments (2)

Nothing, NOTHING in traditional, vintage western wear screams "dude" like a gaudy Bohlin buckle-- and you have to pay 10-20 times the price for the honor. A Texas company bought them and they've been stamping all the Bohlin stuff "HOLLYWOOD, CA" for years-- just plain dumb! The only place you'd see a "cowboy" dressed like Mix, Rogers, Autry and especially The Lone Ranger today would be in a San Francisco or Village gay bar; good luck with that $3900.00 though.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Yep, like a city slicker running out to the mall and getting skinned buying a western cowboy buckle from RALPH LAUREN, aka/formerly "RALPH LIPSHITZ"-- I kid you not-- LIPSHITZ! "Hey, is that a Diablo? No, it's a Lipshitz". Sweet.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill

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