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I inherited a saddle that was used in one of the early westerns that was filmed in the Imperial Valley. It has hundreds of silver decorations all over it. It has been stored in a walk in vault for 40+ years. If I send pictures is there somebody that would remember which movie it was? The papers and
pictures on this saddle were lost many years ago in a house fire
Thank you

Dear Mr Ramsey:

    Though I do not consider myself an expert in the area of saddlery, I would be remiss if I did not offer you some outlet where you may be able to find the answer to the origin of your saddle more completely.Edward Bohlin saddles were made exclusively for Hollywood cowboy actors. The telltale silver handiwork is a trademark of this venerable craftsman who did die in 1980 but whose company still exists. I am going to send you a website, which specialized in saddle making during the heyday of the western movie.Once you log on to this website, I urge you to look at the picture to the left of Sergeant Preston and his horse, Rex.If you look closely at the saddle itself, it does bear some similarities to the picture that you added.But after routinely surveying other saddle making websites I believe that it is a Bohlin saddle and it may be worth your while to contact them directly and see if a more direct match could be achieved.There is a way to contact if you have any question germane to the website.

   I hope this information does help you to some degree. If I can be of any future service, do not hesitate to contact me again

   Have a good day and be blessed,
   Bruce R Simon  


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I can answer virtually any question concerning TV westerns since 1950. I also have collected Western movies faithfully since 1984 and own several hundred (prominent ones such as High Noon or How the West was Won) as well as B movies and below (White Comanche and The Sundowners)I own rare TV series such as Yancey Derringer,the 13 episodes of Tate with David Maclean, and select episodes of Judge Roy Bean


I have been a Western aficionado since the age of 8 (so for the last 50 years). I have been a faithful collector of Lone Ranger episodes and memorabilia since the early 1970s. I find myself drawn more to the black and white series because I find color an unnecessary plot distraction and love to study the evolution and settlement of the Old West through the leather bound Time-Life series on the West. The principal factor which attracts me to this period is the consistent triumph of virtue over vice. The forces of evil, no matter how malevolent, are never victorious in any Western. So I am appreciative of the inflexible morality set forth in most Western series

I have belonged to 5 different churches in 35 years where I have held posts of Sunday school teacher, outreach leader, and board member. Since my retirement to Rowlesburg, West Virginia, I have held the post of Town Park Commissioner for 2 years and anticipate a position on our Town Council beginning in July.

I was a free lance book reviewer for the Richmond Times Dispatch for 15 years, I reviewed 129 books during this period. I also reviewed 25 books for Style Weekly, an independent publication.

I have a BA in English Literature and a minor in Linguistics from Virginia Commonwealth University. I graduated in 1976. I also had a half year of Bible College from New Life Outreach in Richmond, Virginia (1984-1985)

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While employed by the Richmond Public Library for 29 years, I have been honored for outstanding customer service and have received awards for creative programming for Young Adults on 2 occasions.

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