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post #11 of 19 Old 01-02-2010, 08:42 AM
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Buford Saddles

I have a Buford Saddle ~ my knowledge of the Buford Saddle Company is the company closed down in 1975. My saddle was given to me back in 1986, used but in great condition. I've continued using the saddle since; at the moment I have it with a sadde repair shop for updating and new fleecing. The lady who runs the shop was quite excited to see the Buford Saddle emblem! I will seek what I can to clarify any additional info about the company.

Originally Posted by Liberty Valence View Post
Does anyone know about saddles carrying the Buford Saddlery maker's mark?

The saddle I have I know was bought new in 1985. It's absolutely gorgeous! Heavily tooled, mint condition...the leather is even still soft and smells good. It's a honey colored saddle with an association tree. The latigo keeper says "Buford Saddlery", there's a big fancy B.S. in the middle, and underneath it says "Buford, Ga" and the number under that is 1734.

The only thing I can seem to figure out is that this is the name of a larger company...like a distributor, but maybe not necessarily a maker. This thing is REALLY well built, so somebody must have known what they were doing.

I'll post pics if you need them.
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-19-2010, 03:23 PM
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Buford Saddlery

Just purchased a beautiful western saddle labeled "Buford Saddlery 018". The conchos are all 5-pointed stars and all the parts are original including rear billets except for the latigo and offside latigo. It is similar to the pictures in a previous post except the padded seat is leather, not suede.

Cleaned and polished with Farnam Leather New and it looks great.

Anyone have an idea when serial "018" might have been manufactured? I believe Buford Saddlery was in Buford, GA.
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post #13 of 19 Old 03-24-2010, 09:06 PM
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Buford Saddle Company was in Buford, GA. The Museum of Buford lists the following catalogs in it's collection under Buford Saddle Company: Spring Flyer, 1973; Catalog, 1975; Hand Crafted Catalog, 1976 (3); Buford Saddle Mfg Co. Catalog, 78/79 (2) and Buford Saddlery Catalog 1975. It would appear that saddles were made during the 1973-1979 period and perhaps before and after.
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I am trying to find out the history and value to my buford saddle. It has some silver on it and it says, "Hand Crafted by Buford #122". Please email me at howrse_email@yahoo.com if you have info or message me on here. I have been trying to get any info for a very long time. Thank you
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post #15 of 19 Old 06-25-2011, 04:54 PM
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I found an old saddle in the garage bearing the Buford Saddlery name, and it is the EXACT same saddle as in post #6!
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post #16 of 19 Old 08-26-2011, 05:46 PM
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I also have a Buford Saddle, number 409. Most comfortable Western saddle I've ever ridden in. It was nice to find out this much info, but I'd live to find out when mine was made, as well. We bought it well used, but still in excellent shape, had new fittings put on it in '97 and have logged countless hours with it since then. And I suspect it has countless more still in it.
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post #17 of 19 Old 10-16-2011, 10:21 PM
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Hi, I just saw your post about Buford saddles. I have an original Buford. The original saddle cinch tag would say, Buford Saddlery Buford Georgia and saddle serial like 285. They were very well made and mine is on a ralide tree. They are all very well made and most were made with a stitched suede leather seat that was a kinda chocolate brown color, kind of fadded looking. The stitching ran front to back on the seat.The seat color was unique to Buford. The leather used was a high quality heavy saddle leather and the tooling was hand done and deep. Most of the saddles were a beautiful reddish brown or darker brown. Hope this helps. I haven't looked to see if they are still made, but I think they are. They hold up well.
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post #18 of 19 Old 10-17-2011, 09:00 AM
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It's too bad Tandy left Buford. The leather they sell now is imported and is good for tooling only, not bridles as it will crack when put thro a buckle, just like the asian bridles. I wonder.....?
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post #19 of 19 Old 10-17-2011, 09:52 AM
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Hi There,
I am new to this, but I sent an email the Curator of the Museum of Buford and this is what she had to say about the Buford Saddle that I have #005.

I will be glad to share some info with you about your saddle. Buford saddlery sprung up in Buford in the early 70's from the direct result of Bona Allen's saddle division being moved to Texas. In 1968, the
Tandy Corp purchased Bona Allen Inc. They systematically shut down divisions of BA and either discontinued their existence or moved them
to Texas, where they were based. In the end, all that remained of BA in Buford was the actual Tannery where the leather was processed from
raw hides into leather. That stopped in 1981 after a massive fire some of he saddle makers that were displaced here in town started a new saddle company and operated under the name Buford. They made very fine saddles, as you can see, and produced here into the 80's.
The 005 number refers to the catalog number. The name of the saddle was "The Cowhand". It was a high quality, working saddle. Many of the saddles made by Buford were heavily carved and accented with silver mounts, and were "show saddles". It is nice that your example has survived in great shape. Enjoy.
Lynn Bowman
Curator, Museum of Buford
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