Edward H. Bohlin "Lone Star" Parade Saddle

Currency:USD Category:Western Americana / Tack - Saddles Start Price:15,000.00 USD Estimated At:25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD
Edward H. Bohlin  Lone Star  Parade Saddle
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Edward H. Bohlin "Lone Star" Parade Saddle. We are very proud to present the seldom seen Edward H. Bohlin, Hollywood, California "Lone Star" model sterling silver mounted Parade saddle with matching Bohlin Bridle and Breast Collar. This Lone Star is made on the Bob Crosby saddle tree with 13" swells, 3" cantle and features an oblong pelican horn. The saddle is fully floral carved and mounted with heavy gauge, intricately engraved sterling silver mountings featuring raised Texas stars in a various sizes from 1/2" to 2 1/2". The Cheyenne roll cantle has twisted rope edge and is fully encased in silver. The Breast Collar and Bridle replicate the Lone Star motif and includes a Visalia maker-marked humane polo bit with engraved scalloped conchos plus split reins and romal adorned with silver ferrules. The Bohlin Seat Plate is engraved with the name CONVERSE and the rear cantle plate has the raised name of LINGDOOLEY RANCH / Santa Paula, Calif. The original black and white wool corona is included. Other than some minor age cracking, the saddle is in overall very good condition, circa 1940. Lot includes copies of "parade wear’" photos of Dianna Converse at the Santa Barbara Horse Show in 1942 -- both in the newspaper clipping and the photograph, plus copies of other photos of her in show apparel. Lot also includes:. (b) Turk blue wool Parade Outfit with red and green flowers, rhinestones and matching Serape;. (c) Keyston Bros, San Francisco sterling & 14k horsehead buckle on floral carved belt. All photos and newspaper articles are COPIES. PROVENANCE: By descent through the family of Dianna Converse of Santa Paula, daughter of a prosperous family from the Boston area, founders of the Converse Rubber and Shoe Co -- later becoming the Converse Shoe Company that was purchased by Nike in 2003. Dianna was also well known in the flying community for her early speed record flights and her around the world speed record attempt that was sponsored by Flying Tigers Air Cargo line. Her family had a large citrus/avocado farm and horse ranch in Santa Paula called the Lingdooley Ranch where they bred, trained, and sold horses, and took part in various parades and shows in the area including Santa Barbara Spanish Days. Dianna, tragically, died at the age of 33 (1955) during a cargo flight to Mexico. She has been written about by several authors including Claudine Burnett's "Soaring Skyward", a copy of which is included with the lot.