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    06-27-2012, 01:35 PM
Has anyone ever seen a saddle like this before?

I know the it's a plantation saddle. It's stamped "Genuine Buena Vista" but I'm fairly sure it's not a Bona Allen as there aren't any other markings such as "317". It has a wooden tree and I've looked and looked all over but I can't find another plantation saddle with the same type of stamped design as this one. I'm attaching several pics of the saddle. I would appreciate any information I can get thanks
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    06-27-2012, 01:37 PM
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Yes, it is one of the buena vista type saddles often used on "plantation" horses.

    06-27-2012, 01:38 PM
It's a Simco. I'd bet money on it. Six petal flowers.
    06-27-2012, 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by grayshell38    
It's a Simco. I'd bet money on it. Six petal flowers.
Thanks grayshell!
    06-27-2012, 06:26 PM
Does look like the simco flower.
    06-27-2012, 09:13 PM
Yes it does, but it was common for makers to use the flower to finish a run of tooling, such as on this saddle. There's another maker who made western saddles who used the chain links but the name eludes me at the moment. Many of the older companies made saddles (unmarked) for the department store mail order business.
    06-27-2012, 09:33 PM
The original Genuine "Buena Vista" saddle was made by "Buena Vista Saddlery (1885-1895) in the town of Buena Vista, Rockbridge County, Virginia. The saddlery was known as the "Blue Hills Tannery" prior to 1885. As so many of the companies have amalgamated over the years, Simco may hold the rights to the name "Genuine Buena Vista"
    06-27-2012, 09:42 PM
How do you find information about the genuine buena vista saddle

These plantation saddles were made by B.T. Crump company's Wilbourn in Buena Vista, Virginia in the early 1900's and around 1927 Bona Allen Saddlery in Buford GA. Was making them. They were for sale in the H. Kauffman catalog.

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