The photo on the right is another 1959, the 1960, the 1964. The silk-screening appeared on all bows by the 1956 model year. Traditional Archery Supply For The Traditional Archer! Note - A great deal of the credit for the following information is due to Mr. However, Bear Archerys ability to market better than anyone else kept this broadhead in tackle boxes. In an effort to get catalogs into the hands of their customers, Bear actually glued covers from 1957 onto catalogs of 1956!!!.
Catalogs of the Bear Products Company 1935 Tireman Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. The famous wood handle takedown bow started production in August 1969, but did not appear in the company catalog until 1970. Free liquid refreshments were there for the asking in the back of the room. A skilled job was done of it - including an outstanding job of filling 2 holes - one is on the back of the riser and the other above it on the limb. Another way is to look for a leather grip. And if you find two, call me! Known as Limb Style Number 1, Style Number 2, and Style Number 3. Collecting Kodiaks has been a blast for me.
I am open to any and all new ideas from other collectors. Additionally you will find Grumleys backed with sinew, rawhide, and various types of wood. The Cub replaces the Ranger in late 1951. Fred wrote or played a major role in three books during his lifetime. Wouldn't it make sense that other bow companies who made fewer bows would be rarer, and thus command more value? Of the bows which I have seen over the years, the only bowyer who I would put in the same class as Grumley would be James D. Collecting Items of the Bear Archery Company Nothing has grown so fast and furious in the hobby of Archery Collecting anywhere near the growth that collecting Bear Archery memorabilia has. The early Bowhunter Kits had a Western knife with real bone handle, and the.
To my eyes these bows don't have attractive lines but some have the most awesome burl bubinga I have ever seen. Fred Bear sold the company to Victor Comptometer in 1968, but remained president. Both of the leather models command a lot of attention with todays collectors, while the vinyl model is only moderately desirable. How To Date Bear Bows A very common question from beginning Bear bow collectors is how to determine the age of a bow. Manufacturer Location: in 1978 Bear moved all manufacturing and offices to Gainesville, Florida. The 1953 Patent date which appears on all Bear bows from 1953 until 1972 is simply the date of the patent for a working recurve limb and has nothing to do with the actual model year.
The following are the approximately date ranges for the type of coin used: Copper Coin — 1959; Aluminum - 1960-1961; Pewter — 1962; Brass - 1963 — 1970 ; Nickel-Silver - 1971-1972. The 8-arrow quiver from Bear Archery was introduced in 1963. Nels started his own bow making business. It truly is a sellers market in Bear catalogs. Much credit is due to the following people for the research which they have performed over the years, compiling boxes and boxes of information which allows people today to have a much easier time of researching the Bear Archery Company.
The scabbards on the first 25 sets which were produced beginning in 1951 probably did not have a logo or brand mark on them at all, while the scabbard had the small Running Bear logo from the first sets in 1957 until somewhere in the mid-1960s. Just about two years later I learned that Fred had passed away. There are some knowledgeable collectors that are willing to help the newcomer with information and maybe even a bow or two. The spring-arm variety was not available until 1963. I would like to learn about the bows of that year.
Even though he was not the owner any longer, Fred stayed on as President of Bear Archery Company under Victor. 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. Sometimes showing the bow to a knowledgeable collector is the only sure way to get an accurate date of manufacture. In the 1930s, Fred was making his personal broadheads from flat steel, in the style of tie-on heads modeled after the trade points of the wild west days. This is a photo of the second variety of the St. I will be listing quite a few bows from my collection over the coming weeks - including bows by Bear, Browning and Howatt to name a few.
Collectors consider bows with decals 1955 models while the same bow with silkscreen logos a 1956. Tips - layered with brown and white fiberglass, and hand finished to accommodate modern bow strings. These bows of 1949, 1950 and early 1951 can be recognized by the lamination of aluminum in the limbs. Yet another way to help determine the age of your bow is to look for a coin type medallion in the riser. Even looking at the catalogs is not a sure way of dating a Bear bow, as sometimes the pictures were used for more than one year, even though there might have been changes in the woods used, or the colors available. Actually, more than year, the collector should be referring to Type. We have some of the most liberal hunting seasons here in the U.