There were also many different lengths available in each of the different kinds of wood. By 1956 the silk-screening appeared on all bows. I know I'm old, but blind too. Bob Meeker over to supervise the manufacturing of the new. The Bows of Bear Archery. Check the Model of the bow. Bear over the last 6.
For example, a serial number of 6Z3884 would be a 1966 bow. Fred sold the company in 1. The walnut bows were made only for the first 2- 3. These models were all 4 arrow design and were last listed in the catalog in 1971. Beginning in 1955-56 Bear began using the silk-screened logo shown on the far right. Usually on these types of auctions we tend to refresh and refresh and refresh the auction all the way to the end to watch the bidding but we got busy writing more listings and forgot. This serial number works very well for dating Bear Bows from 1965-1969 when the first digit of the serial number is the year of manufacture.
Only the catalogs ran from January 1st to December 31st. Among the criteria are medallions stamped onto the grip. Kodiaks with aluminum and bi- directional glass, aluminum with. I still continue research of the Kodiak model, both right and left hand serial numbers. All Bear bows had leather grips from those first Grumleys in the late 30s until 1959.
Below are the approx date ranges for the type of coin used. The Grumley bow on the left is a Bush Bow, while the bow. Notice that the leather is smooth as compared to the first model which was offered in suede. Look at the material used for the bow. It came in both gold and chrome covered plastic. If it is not a 648, then the knife is not original. Writing is best as I'm away so much.
A colored polymer plastic impregnated maple some models as early as 1970. If your bow shows Gainesville on it then it was made after 1978 8. Good quality steel, easily sharpened and aligned to the arrow, the Razorhead was on it's way to becoming the largest selling broadhead of all time. With only a few factory records available for these years, I have only the bows left as pieces of the puzzle. First, the bows had quite a bit of handshock when shot, and as a result were not comfortable to shoot.
Handle riser wood from 1948 to 1958 was mostly Michigan maple with some walnut. This date that is printed on all bows made between 1953 and 1972 is simply the date of the patent for a working recurve limb and has nothing to do with the actual model year. The Decals and Silkscreening The small Running Bear decal was first used in 1948, and was replaced by the large Standing Bear decal in mid-1953. But for now, sit back and enjoy our time. The bleeder on the first. Is it safe to shoot? The Kodiak was introduced in 1950 with the bi-directional glass and the aluminum lamination. This serial number works very well for dating Bear Bows from 1965-1969 when the first digit of the serial number is the year of manufacture.
Company thrived in Grayling until 1. Nels left the company to go out on his. For example, a serial number of 5L212 would be a 1965 Bow. Manufacturer Location: in 1978 Bear moved all manufacturing and offices to Gainesville, Florida. The Polar and Kodiak were. Then somewhere in the early 1940s, the brand was dropped and broken and instead of buying a new one Nels simply began writing his name on the bows.
Upon my entrance into the party I was astounded at the sight. During this time over 60,000 records were sold. These first brochures were apparently produced in 1935. No, I'm no expert in them and may never figure it all out, but I have had my share come and go. The spring-arm variety was not available until 1963. Bob came to be considered a fine bowyer in his own right. The Rarest of the Bear Catalogs? If the bow is made of all wood, then it was likely made before Bear began to mass produce bows in 1949.
The true 1957 is the one that you are after, although neither is common by any stretch!! Nels was a fantastic craftsman, and his skills show in each and every one of his bows. Many one-of-a-kind Grumleys exist in collections that represent the buyers wishes expressed by Nels Grumleys hands. Both of the leather models command a lot of attention with todays collectors, while the vinyl model is only moderately desirable. Now that we know a little about the Companies roots, let's. The Coin Medallion: Beginning in 1959 all Bear bows had a coin medallion of one type of metal or another. The Bear Take-Down could be ordered in one of three different limb lengths. Collecting anywhere near the growth that collecting Bear Archery.
Fred realized that he could not meet the demand which would come from these new recruits by making bows one at a time like Bear had been doing since it's inception almost 15 years earlier. Most all of us who grew up in the days before compounds saw Bear ads and promotions everywhere we turned. Leather Products and Accessories only. These are scattered and are identical in appearance to the aluminum. Like all markings, find patent marks on the serial number stamp near the lens. How About Serial Numbers for Dating? Yet another way to help determine the age of your bow is to.