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Bear Takedown Bow (circa 1972, opinion on value sought)

Question:

Hi there: I have a Fred Bear Takedown bow and I am hoping that someone can give me an idea of what it might be worth.  It is a beautiful bow and I think it is something special though we don’t want to put it up on eBay or try to sell it until we know more about the set. You can see it at:  http://www.daydreamergardens.com/bow/index.htm .  There are detailed photos at that address including images of the serial numbers and logos that appear on the limbs and one of the risers. This bow has a companion riser that does not have a serial number, was never finished (no lacquer or medallion) and seems quite small — perhaps a cutdown of an A, B or C riser.  Further there is black case that has the Bear Logo (decal) on both the top and bottom.  It has minor damage on one rollover corner and the foam form that held the bow snugly has degraded.. I would also be delighted to find out if anyone knows of a "Bud" (possibly with the a real first name of Maurice or Marion) Helmick [unsure of spelling] who worked for Grayling Mountain/Fred Bear in the early 70s.  This bow was received from this man who was a skilled archer and participated in many tournaments. Bud, according to the owner’s father, owned the bow personally and it [the bow or the companion riser?] was instrumental in Bud’s development of the 76er.   I would like to confirm as much of this as possible.  It seems that the set has real historical resonance. Please feel free to ask questions or send me e-mail.  I would truly appreciate any and all information. http://www.daydreamergardens.com

Response:

Nice bow..what sort of camera do you use?….Sorry cant help you on value.. Tony.. > back at archery after a break of 24 years due to a hormone rush:)

– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> Hi there: > I have a Fred Bear Takedown bow and I am hoping that someone can give me an > idea of what it might be worth.  It is a beautiful bow and I think it is > something special though we don’t want to put it up on eBay or try to sell it > until we know more about the set. > You can see it at:  http://www.daydreamergardens.com/bow/index.htm . There are > detailed photos at that address including images of the serial numbers and > logos that appear on the limbs and one of the risers. > This bow has a companion riser that does not have a serial number, was never > finished (no lacquer or medallion) and seems quite small — perhaps a cutdown > of an A, B or C riser.  Further there is black case that has the Bear Logo > (decal) on both the top and bottom.  It has minor damage on one rollover corner > and the foam form that held the bow snugly has degraded.. > I would also be delighted to find out if anyone knows of a "Bud" (possibly with > the a real first name of Maurice or Marion) Helmick [unsure of spelling] who > worked for Grayling Mountain/Fred Bear in the early 70s.  This bow was received > from this man who was a skilled archer and participated in many tournaments. > Bud, according to the owner’s father, owned the bow personally and it [the bow > or the companion riser?] was instrumental in Bud’s development of the 76er. > I would like to confirm as much of this as possible.  It seems that the set has > real historical resonance. > Please feel free to ask questions or send me e-mail.  I would truly appreciate > any and all information. > http://www.daydreamergardens.com

Response:

Hi there: Thank you on the comments .  I managed to get some information from alt.archery and the fred bear Yahoo! group.  I went ahead and posted the bow for auction on eBay. The auction item number is:  1826645156 The camera is a Panasonic Digital camera — PV-DC1580.  It calls itself a PalmCam and there is software that comes with it.  I try and make the photos nicer (for bows or plants or anything) by using PaintShop Pro 7.0 (http://www.jasc.com – I think).  It is nice software.   Thanks again for posting . http://www.daydreamergardens.com

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