How To Date Your Fred Bear Bow

Evolution Of The Bow - The Compound Bow

Since we’ve the chance to promote a variety of completely different objects by our eBay Drop Off Store, sure issues begin to stick out that appear to promote extraordinarily nicely. One merchandise that stands proud are the classic BEAR Recurve Bows.

Recently 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 have been already considerably acquainted with how nicely bows have bought from promoting them for a consumer we naturally gravitated to it. It seemed to be in wonderful situation and got here with a quiver and three completely different units of arrows. The asking worth was $100.00 and we finally received all of it for $75.00.

Based on the relationship 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 on a lightweight embossed marking on this smaller, leather-based quiver that we pulled out we have been in a position to date it to the late 1940’s.

We determined to interrupt this up into Three completely 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 have been made to the bear bows over time that may assist slim the age of your bow or your potential funding.

1. The Serial Number: These bows normally have, what seems to be a hand inscription on one of many limbs that provides a serial quantity together with the size and pull weight of the bow. This serial quantity works very nicely for relationship Bear Bows from 1965-1969 when the primary digit of the serial quantity is the 12 months of manufacture.

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

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

2. Patent Mark: Most of the BEAR Bows we’ve bought 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 solely the date of the patent for a working recurve limb and has nothing to do with the precise mannequin 12 months.

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

The massive 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 Wood vs Laminate: If your bow is ALL wooden (no laminations of any type) 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 Products” in some kind it could have been made earlier than the early to mid 40’s.
  • If it’s stamped “Bear Archery” it could have been made AFTER the early-mid 40’s and BEFORE 1949.
  • Also wood bows with a small “Running Bear” decal could be dated to 1948

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

6. The Coin Medallion: Beginning in 1959 all Bear bows had a coin medallion of 1 kind of steel or one other. Below 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 have 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 coated plastic and are nonetheless utilized in Bear bows in the present day.

7. Manufacturer Location: in 1978 Bear moved all manufacturing and workplaces to Gainesville, Florida. If your bow exhibits Gainesville on it then it was made after 1978

8. Model Of The Bow: Check the Model of the bow. Below is a yearly manufacturing chart for the most well-liked Bear Bows.

Wood Handle Take-Down 1969-1972

Wood C-Riser Victor Custom 1973-1975

Magnesium Handle Take-Down A-B-C 1971-1978

Kodiak Static Recurve 1950-1953

Kodiak Recurve 1954-1966

Super Kodiak 1967-1976

Grizzly Static Recurve 1949-1957

Grizzly Recurve 1958-1978

Super 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 Special 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 info you must be capable to get actually near relationship your Bear Bow if not pin-pointing it to the 12 months.

If you need to worth your bow I’d counsel first logging into your eBay account and do a Completed Auction Search on the final key phrases that match your bow, i.e. Bear Grizzly Recurve and see what has bought previously 30 days.


Our eBay Results: Within 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 following 6 days. On the final day with Eight minutes left it was as much as $182.50 with over 40 watchers. Usually on all these auctions we are inclined 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. When we did bear in mind to return and test the public sale it was over and had ended at $282.55

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

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