Nels left Bear in 1948 when Fred made the decision to begin mass production of bows at the new factory in Grayling. Used Pse Bows For Sale If this sticker is missing or illegible, you can go to Hoyt. The National Shooting Staff is administered and managed by participating, authorized Hoyt dealers. But Fred found a small problem with this original design. These limbs can be found with both a white overlay in the limb tip, and with a red overlay. For this reason, you will find bows of a particular year with features of the previous year.
The date variety you were created on is termed the Gift Number. Clients are a whole lot more likely to respond to a toll free number because it does not expense. They travel the world in search of trophy- class and hard- to- find game. The thing with Bear bows - they are worth what someone is willing to pay for them. Here are some of the requirements that they have accomplished to get them on the Hoyt Pro Staff. Al has studied Bear Archery for many, many years and is considered by everyone as the King of Information regarding Bear Archery collecting. 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.
Some compound bows use an encoded serial number to provide the date. I still continue research of the Kodiak model, both right and left hand serial numbers. Notice the different length of the brush nocks. Then i picked it up i guess around 84-85. In my opinion, this item has gotten out of control and needs to come back to earth in value.
Sometimes showing the bow to a knowledgeable collector is the only sure way to get an accurate date of manufacture. The raised medallions came in both gold and chrome covered plastic which are still used today. These bows of 1949, 1950 and early 1951 can be recognized by the lamination of aluminum in the limbs. The bow varnish on top turns varying shades of yellow altering the color of the coins. No imagery or logos contained within this site may be used without the express permission of Bear Archery.
Then in this mid 1960s time frame, the logo was dropped in favor of the Bear script lettering which remained until the item was discontinued in 1978. The results of the auctions are listed at the end of this article. Bow model changes ran from September to September and many times came about at any time of year. Although I have not actually seen a copy of this brochure, and I know of no one who has one in their collection, there were surely no bows in this catalog since Bear was making only accessories at this point in time. Nels felt strongly that bows should be individually crafted, and not made by machine.
I have spent many enjoyable days with many of the Grayling employees and even they are not sure of the serial ranges. I was a small time Bear dealer who got the honor of being invited to a gala party that Bear Archery was holding in a large open-air courtyard on Bourbon Street. From left to right, the first model Bear Quiver from 1946, the screw-on leather top quiver first introduced in 1956, and the spring arm leather top quiver not introduced until 1963. A characteristic of Grumley bows is the trapezoidal limb cross section. The installation of two alignment washers on the solid end of the dowel the opposite end of the dowel from the screw and cap , and insertion of the dowel from the sight window side top and bottom are not interchangeable sets the dowel back to zero. The early Bear Archery catalogs were not dated, but numbered.
A quick way to gather information is to go to one of the larger traditional shoots that are becoming common all across the country. None of us could ever thank enough the early pioneers of the sport that through their tireless efforts put bowhunting on the calendar for all of us to enjoy. Note Be on the lookout for 1957 catalogs which are actually 1956 catalogs with the 1957 cover glued on! It was 1986, I believe, at the Shot Show in New Orleans. Prior to 1965, the serial numbers for all Bear bows were started over every month, making these bows almost impossible to date by serial number alone. I have a hard time believing that 5 pounds made that big of a difference. This write-up is around the first-learning the symbolic meaning of the numbers as they're presented in Pythagorean numerology.
Only the catalogs ran from January 1st to December 31st. I've never stopped collecting them and it seems I learn something new about them every week. Fred Bear was always the inventor, the tinkerer. By using this site you agree to our and our. 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. This glass change apparently occurred around serial number 5000.