Dating bear recurve
I always thought that the aluminum would become brittle and snap.The large Standing Bear decal also has the words “Glass Powered Bow” under the Standing Bear. 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 beginning in 1949.The large Standing Bear decal was used until 1955 when it was replaced with silk-screening the identification on the bows. • If the ALL wood bow has a stamp that reads “Bear Products” in some form it would have been made before the early to mid 40’s.The 1951 model is identical to the 1950 model with the exception of the bi-directional glass being replaced with uni- directional blonde glass.
We don’t know exactly when this change was made but shortly thereafter the aluminum was also dropped due to bonding failure between the metal and maple.
DATING YOUR FRED BEAR BOW There are several features and changes that were made to the bear bows over the years that will help narrow the age of your bow or your potential investment. The Serial Number: These bows usually have, what appears to be a hand inscription on one of the limbs that gives a serial number along with the length and pull weight of the bow.