Sunday, February 17, 2013

"Cowboy Cadillacs" Bohlin Center Console 3/4-size Silver Saddle

Floral carved Hexagon pattern Bohlin saddle with a 11 1/2” seat. Maker-marked on seat plate and just below the horn. Gold AM on both sides, silver rope cantle cover, raised Indian head and gold AM on the Pelican style horn, silver star on the corner plates. Saddle, with silver work by Bohlin’s Bud Phillips, is a miniaturized version of Art’s Hexagon saddle ridden in numerous Rose Parades(see photo in below link) and other events. Excellent condition. Includes copy of original Bohlin receipt Bud Phillips Bud Phillips accepted an apprenticeship with the Bohlin shop at 5760 Sunset Blvd in the late 1930s, eventually working for the illustrious Hollywood silversmith for nearly five decades. He became one of the masters working in the creation of the Wrigley, Lyndon Johnson and other stellar rigs. As Bohlin’s premier engraver, Bud was responsible for fulfilling the exacting standards set by his uncompromising employer. Phillip’s later recalled to Bohlin author and expert, James Nottage, that Mr. Bohlin had a real temper wanting things done in only one way – his way.  As a similar perfectionist, Art Miller insisted that Phillips work exclusively on the creation of the exquisite Bohlin mounted silver accessories for his custom vehicles and the dazzling results are quite evident.  Sold 7,500.00

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