Dating bear grizzly bows
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California.
He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years.
The large Standing Bear decal also has the words "Glass Powered Bow" under the Standing Bear.
The large Standing Bear decal was used until 1955 when it was supplanted with silk-screening the identification on the bows. All Wood vs Laminate: If your bow is All wood (no laminations of any kind) then your bow had to be made before the mass productions starting in 1949. The Leather Grip: All Bear bows had leather grips until 1959.
Based on the dating procedures listed below we thought about that this was a Fred Bear Kodiak Recurve bow from 1965 in excellent condition. After we got the bow to our store we noticed that inside the big quiver was a smaller particular quiver.
Based on a light embossed marking on this smaller, leather quiver that we pulled out we were able to date it to the late 1940's.
This is helpful as it makes the draw easier than a traditional recurve bow on the draw, preventing fatigue during hunts or target shooting.The Serial Number: These bows ordinarily have, what appears to be a hand inscription on one of the limbs that gives a serial whole along with the length and pull weight of the bow.This serial whole works very well for dating Bear Bows from 1965-1969 when the first digit of the serial whole is the year of manufacture.The "K" series of serial numbers (for example Kz9672) were started in 1970.2.Patent Mark: Most of the Bear Bows we have sold have the logo and the Us Patents printed on it along with the date of Canada 1953.