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.
Curator, Museum of Buford