Hi Guys, I'm new to the forum as well as new to archery, I'm 51 years old and have a 12 year old daughter and 7 year old son. I want to get them going on archery as well. Right now I'm trying to date a Bear Grizzly bow that I found at my parents house. It measures 59" it appears to be all wood except for a layer of fiberglass at the knocks. The numbers on the bow are 19045B and 62#. There is a running Bear Logo and a "Pat applied for" Logo.From what Ive seen, my best guess is between 1948 and 1953. I have not seen any 59" bows at all, I seen 58" and 60" but not 59". I do not have it strung, does that make a difference? Any ideas on age please let me know.
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Without a photograph, you make it a bit of a guessing game to accurately date your bow.
However, my uneducated first guess is 1953...
The bow probably has blonde glass on the back, which likely closely matches the wood color, so you didn't initially realize the backing was actually glass and not wood. This glass color can vary a lot as can the wood color.
If you really have an all wood Grizzly, you have a real prize, or one one which the glass has delaminated, which I serious doubt as you mention the glass overlays at the nocks.
That glass at the nocks is likely cut straight across rather then diamond pointed, which was the cut pattern used on the earlier Grizzlies.
Before 1954 there was no length measurement written on any Bear Grizzly that I have ever seen. Only the serial number and the weight are written on these bows.
The measurement 59" is valid for a tip to tip measurement of the 1953 Grizzly. That of course will vary a bit depending on how much set the limbs have taken from the bow being strung.
I'm guessing the point that you were getting to with the question about 62# being 62" is the fact the static Grizzly was a 62" bow as bows were categorized in those days.
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Firstly, THANK you all very much for such great source of information. I'm beginner and humble collector of Grizzly bows. Till now, I could use just several PDF copies of old catalogs and it was quite hard job to date some bows. This thread helps me a lot. Thanks
I'd like to know your opinion. I found this Bear Grizzly bow at ****, and I'm little bit confused. I've already decided not to buy it, but I wonder, what model actually it is .. or it could be ..
There are some facts, that confuse me :
- there is AMO 64" !? As far as I know Grizzlies were just 62, later 58 and 56, then 58 again. But none 64" . Some special order ??
- bow has Aluminium in it, so it should be year 49-51. But AMO length is written on the riser .. which looks strange for me ... as Wade wrote, here in this topis, this note :
"...Before 1954 there was no length measurement written on any Bear Grizzly that I have ever seen. Only the serial number and the weight are written on these bows..."
So there should be just serial number and draw weight ... not length ..
- and yes, there is new leather on grip and arrow pad, but seller admited it in auction ...
What is your opinion about this bow ? Again, I just wonder ...
Sorry for my English and thank you for you comments.
As my adiction for collecting bows has slowly and steadily crept up on me over the past few years I recently acquired this beautiful '61 camo. It's in way better condition then I am considering we were both born the same year.
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Was looking through the different Grizzly bows shown here and on another thread about the Grizzlys and didn't see any like these so I thought I would add them to the post for any input.They are different than most of the other early 1949 Grizzlys I have seen so I am thinking these bows may be earlier than that,possibly made during the 1948 "transition" era.Both of these Grizzlys have the word Grizzly written on them in black ink similar to the writing I have seen on many transition era bows.Not written in the same spot on both of them and one of them has some additional writing that goes up under the leather grip.Tried to make out what it says but difficult without removing the leather grip.Both have the earlier square decal similar to the transition bows,both with low,3-digit serial numbers.The biggest difference I see on these two bows from most of the early aluminum lam Grizzlys is the lack of tip overlays on the back side of the tips.Both have the basketweave or woven glass full length of the limb with no additional overlays.I have a transition era Hunter model with the same glass and no overlays with Bear archery written in black on the upper limb belly.No square decal but does have the running bear decal.Both Grizzlys have no running bear decal.I just thought they would be interesting to see and wanted to add them to the threads.