I recently inherited a Fred Bear recurve from a good ol friend of mine. I have done some research to attempt to date this bow, but need some expertise in narrowing down the year of manufacture. Here is what I have found so far:
- Serial Number - ADX 148, with the A above the DX 148 (see pic), 60", 54#
- Silk Screen - '1953 Patent' screen, Grayling, Michigan (this dates the bow 1956 to 1972, I believe)
- Medallion - This bow does not have a medallion (pre 1959, if I'm not mistaking)
- Photo Evidence - I have a photo, dated 1959, showing my friend with the first Black Bear he shot in the Beartooth Mountains in Montana, holding this bow.
Am I on the right track here? Does anyone have any ideas?
Hoka Hey from the mountains of Montana