Saddle on Trigger Jr.
Edward H. Bohlin's "TAXIN" model black, floral carved silver and gold mounted parade saddle with three-dimensional gold rodeo scenes on the corners including bareback riders, bronc busters, bulldoggers, calf ropers and steerheads. Round figural horsehead conchos on the corners and around the perimeter. Let 'er buck cowboy on the silver horn. Long 25" tapaderos with a large central silver medallion and gold RR letters stacked just below. ROY ROGERS engraved onto the Bohlin seat plate. Stylized Cheyenne cantle with raised gold RR initials on the rear and a rope edge. Matching Bridle with square ferrule reins, massive Breast Collar and regal Hip Drops. This saddle was Roy's last and most ornate parade saddle. It was displayed on Trigger Jr. at the Branson museum.

The Roy Rogers Parade and Personal Appearance Saddle by James H. Nottage

As Roy Rogers gained both fame and fortune from movies and product endorsements, he continued to develop his personal wardrobe and the wardrobe and accessories for his horse Trigger. A special custom parade saddle was ordered at the shop of Edward H. Bohlin sometime around 1949. This saddle with matching bridle, hip drops, breast collar, and red and white wool corona was used on both Trigger and Trigger Jr., and is evident on the covers of Roy Rogers comics and in public stills from personal appearances. The manufacturer called it the "Taxin" and prominently advertised it in the 1949 catalog. The outfit is mounted overall with beautifully engraved sterling silver with horse heads on all the conchos and rope edges on all the different fixtures. On the long, graceful tapaderos, the corners of the skirts and jockeys, and on the horn and elsewhere there are solid gold figures of cowboys on bucking horses, calf ropers, steer wrestling, bull riders, and steer heads. This is the ultimate in horse gear for one of the most famous of silver screen cowboys, a fine example of the best of silver equipment from the famed shop of Edward H. Bohlin, and a highly significant part of the life of perhaps the greatest film horse of all time.
(Founding Autry Museum Curator and Bohlin expert, James Nottage is author of Saddlemaker to the Stars, The Leather and Silver Art of Edward H. Bohlin)

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