How To Date Your Fred Bear Bow

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How To Date Your Fred Bear Bow
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How To Date Your Fred Bear Bow

Since we’ve got the chance to promote loads of totally different objects by way of our eBay Drop Off Retailer, sure issues begin to stick out that appear to promote extraordinarily effectively. One merchandise that stands proud are the classic BEAR Recurve Bows.

Just lately on an out of city journey we stopped by an vintage retailer like we normally do and noticed this recurve bow within the nook. Since we had been already considerably conversant in how effectively bows have offered from promoting them for a consumer we naturally gravitated to it. It in wonderful situation and got here with a quiver and three totally different units of arrows. The asking worth was $100.00 and we in the end received all of it for $75.00.

Based mostly on the courting procedures listed beneath we decided that this was a Fred Bear Kodiak Recurve bow from 1965 in wonderful situation. It was a 60″ bow with a 44# pull.

After we received the bow to our retailer we seen that inside the large quiver was a smaller single quiver. Based mostly on a lightweight embossed marking on this smaller, leather-based quiver that we pulled out we had been in a position to date it to the late 1940’s.

We determined to interrupt this up into 3 totally different auctions and began all three at $9.99. The outcomes of the auctions are listed on the finish of this text.



There are a number of options and adjustments that had been made to the bear bows over time that can assist slim the age of your bow or your potential funding.

1. The Serial Quantity: These bows normally have, what seems to be a hand inscription on one of many limbs that offers a serial quantity together with the size and pull weight of the bow. This serial quantity works very effectively for courting Bear Bows from 1965-1969 when the primary digit of the serial quantity is the yr of manufacture.

For instance, a serial variety of 5L212 can be a 1965 Bow.

Previous to 1965, the serial numbers for all Bear bows had been began over each month, making these bows virtually unimaginable thus far by serial quantity alone. The “Ok” sequence of serial numbers (for instance KZ9672) had been began in 1970.

2. Patent Mark: A lot of the BEAR Bows we’ve got offered have the brand and the US Patents printed on it together with the date of CANADA 1953. This date that’s printed on all bows made between 1953 and 1972 is just the date of the patent for a working recurve limb and has nothing to do with the precise mannequin yr.

3. Decals & Silkscreening: In 1948 the small Operating Bear decal was first after which was changed by the massive Standing Bear decal in mid-1953. The big Standing Bear decal additionally has the phrases “Glass Powered Bow” below the Standing Bear.

The big Standing Bear decal was used till 1955 when it was changed with silk-screening the identification on the bows. By 1956 the silk-screening appeared on all bows.

4. All Wooden vs Laminate: In case your bow is ALL wooden (no laminations of any variety) then your bow needed to be made earlier than the mass productions starting in 1949.

  • If the ALL wooden bow has a stamp that reads “Bear Merchandise” in some kind it will have been made earlier than the early to mid 40’s.
  • Whether it is stamped “Bear Archery” it will have been made AFTER the early-mid 40’s and BEFORE 1949.
  • Additionally wood bows with a small “Operating Bear” decal might be dated to 1948

5. The Leather-based Grip: ALL Bear bows had leather-based grips till 1959. In 1959, the Kodiak Particular eliminated the leather-based grip and in 1961 the Kodiak did the identical, in addition to the Grizzly in 1964.

6. The Coin Medallion: Starting in 1959 all Bear bows had a coin medallion of 1 sort of steel or one other. Under are the approx date ranges for the kind of coin used.

Copper Coin – 1959

Aluminum – 1960-1961

Pewter – 1962

Brass – 1963 – 1970

Nickel-Silver – 1971-1972

ALL cash had been flush with the wooden till 1972. In late 1972 the coin was raised above the floor of the bow and got here in each gold and chrome lined plastic and are nonetheless utilized in Bear bows at this time.

7. Producer Location: in 1978 Bear moved all manufacturing and workplaces to Gainesville, Florida. In case your bow reveals Gainesville on it then it was made after 1978

8. Mannequin Of The Bow: Examine the Mannequin of the bow. Under is a yearly manufacturing chart for the preferred Bear Bows.

Wooden Deal with Take-Down 1969-1972

Wooden C-Riser Victor Customized 1973-1975

Magnesium Deal with Take-Down A-B-C 1971-1978

Kodiak Static Recurve 1950-1953

Kodiak Recurve 1954-1966

Tremendous Kodiak 1967-1976

Grizzly Static Recurve 1949-1957

Grizzly Recurve 1958-1978

Tremendous Magnum 48 1966-1976

Kodiak Magnum 52″ 1961-1977

Kodiak Hunter 58″ and 60″ 1967-1977

Tamerlane 1962-1968

Tamerlane HC-30 1965-1967

Tamerlane HC-300 1968-1972

Kodiak Particular 1955-1967

Temujin 1968-1970

Tarter 1968-1972

Victor Patriot 1973-1977

Victor 1972

Polar (recurve) 1957-1970

Alaskan (leather-based grip semi-recurve) 1959-1961

Alaskan (recurve) 1966-1970

Tigercat 1964-1978

Bearcat 1964-1971

Black Bear 1972-1978

Little Bear 1965-1978

With this data it’s best to have the ability to get actually near courting your Bear Bow if not pin-pointing it to the yr.

In case you are seeking to worth your bow I’d recommend first logging into your eBay account and do a Accomplished Public sale Search on the overall key phrases that match your bow, i.e. Bear Grizzly Recurve and see what has offered up to now 30 days.


Our eBay Outcomes: Inside 6 hours of itemizing our 1965 Bear Bow by itself beginning at $9.99 it had already reached $152.50 which was thrilling however based mostly on our analysis not stunning. What was stunning was that it stayed at $152.50 for the subsequent 6 days. On the final day with 8 minutes left it was as much as $182.50 with over 40 watchers. Often on a majority of these auctions we are likely to refresh and refresh and refresh the public sale all the best way to the tip to look at the bidding however we received busy writing extra listings and forgot. After we did keep in mind to return and examine the public sale it was over and had ended at $282.55

The opposite 2 auctions for the quivers and arrows offered for a complete of $80.00. So our preliminary $75.00 Funding at an vintage retailer led to $362.55 in gross sales. That was virtually a $300.00 revenue (minus gasoline and eBay charges after all).

How To Date Your Fred Bear Bow

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