July 29th, 2009, 10:43 AM
Ben Pearson Bow?
Just picked up my first recurve last night and know nothing about them at all. Can somebody tell me about it please. Here is what is listed on the bow.
1054 (number of bow in series?)
70" (Length tip to tip assembled?)
27IF-28" (draw length?)
The gold medallion decals read "Golden Sovereign Series By Ben Pearson"
The limbs are straight and limb tips are perfect, just some surface blemishes and looks like there been a couple of holes in the front filled in, don't know if factory or not.
This is a very nice looking bow and I know I didn't get hurt on the price (bought at auction)
Any info and value of bow would be very much appreciated. Sorry the pictures are not that good
July 29th, 2009, 11:02 AM
I believe you have a:
Lord Sovereign, 1964, No. 1054, 70 inches
Full working recurve limbs
All popular tournament weights
Available in standard, high-pistol grip or optional semi-pistol grip
Ebonite and Brazilian Rosewood Handle
Can I get some better pics? I love the old Pearsons!! If you want, PM me for my regular E mail addy to send them to.
July 29th, 2009, 11:45 AM
My Friend you have some History with that bow there.. The Golden Sovereign Series bows where the best and the most selling bows that Pearson sold.. It's a top target bow.. If I where you I would send it to some one to reado it.. Would make the bow sell better and or for looks.. i can hook you up with a man who has been doing it since the early 70's
July 29th, 2009, 11:58 AM
I shot a Golden Sovereign for a couple of years. I shot 300 indoor with it. They were a slow bow. A recurve 66 inch and over was mostly target bows with white glass. I don't under stand your x54-74 (#?). Person and other companies showed poundage at 28 inch's like 35xx or xx35 with would be 37 lbs or 33 lbs x in fount was less pounds and behind was more pounds. If it's x54 it would be 53 lbs. If I remember right mine was 42 lbs. I always shoot as close to 65 as I could get for hunting, so I would look for a bow with a 60xxxx at least with was 64 lbs at 28 inch's. For target indoor i shoot some thing in the 35 to 40 lb range. Outdoors target and field round I look for 40 to 45 lb.s with a clicker.
July 29th, 2009, 02:52 PM
You are a lucky man, I still shoot a 40 year old Ben Pearson bow from time to time. I wouldn't refinish it unless it was in really poor shape. Minor scratches can be filled with crazy glue to keep out moisture. You can bring back the finish with light buffing with a 0000 steel wool pad moistened in mineral spirits. I would not fill the holes but install brass screws to dress it up. Enjoy!
July 29th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Thanks guys. Form the looks of it I really got my $20 worth at the auction!!!!!
July 29th, 2009, 11:55 PM
If you want to double your money fast, I'm sure there would be a few guys here willing to offer you $40.
From the looks of it I really got my $20 worth at the auction!!!!!
July 30th, 2009, 12:49 AM
Yea, me being one of them!!
Originally Posted by TheAncientOne
I have a B.P. Mustang and a B.P. Rogue. I love the old Pearsons!!
July 30th, 2009, 08:10 AM
A very nice bow. For $20, you madd out like an insane bandit.
I have a Golden Conqueror (another sovereign line bow) and it's a beauty.
more here: http://analogperiphery.blogspot.com/...conqueror.html
July 30th, 2009, 10:27 AM
shamus005, very nice bow there!!
July 30th, 2009, 12:43 PM
The Golden and Lord Sovereigns from the 60's were on of the top shooting target bows of the era along with BW's, Wing's, Hoyts and Bare's. The bow you have has "Murcury" incerted in an encased barrell shaped container behind the emblems. That was an innovation so as to have front weight control without the use of a stablizer [like everybody else did in those days].
The "good old EPA" banned them for that reason but would allow you to replace them with lead or steel weights. You have a survivor as do I.
December 30th, 2009, 02:03 AM
Wow, Pearson really made some great bows back in the day.
Originally Posted by shamus005
I hope I can find one of those sometime. I just bought a KM Special but today I found a bad bit of fiberglass wanting to split.
I'm researching to make a documentary about that man. I hope it works out
December 30th, 2009, 09:45 AM
YES, THEY DID!
Wow, Pearson really made some great bows back in the day.
Their top of the line bows rivaled most out there at the time and even a lot of their entry level stuff did and still does quite well for themselves. While BP didn't have the marketing force that Bear did, Ben's theory was to make bows affordable so just about anyone who wanted one could have one. They figured out where to "cut-corners" and not effect performance OR looks. They were literally producing bows by the train load during the "Golden Era of Archery".
“Simple and innocent, however, as it (the bow) appears, and capable as it is of being a trusty friend and ally, a bow is at the same time a watchful enemy, ready to take advantage of the smallest slight.”
December 30th, 2009, 11:17 AM
you got a heck of deal there! CONGRATS!
December 30th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Great deal. Old bows appreciate in more ways than one. I generally clean them up with Meguiar’s Scratch X…surprising how much grime comes off many that already look spiffy. Rick.
December 30th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Hi ran across this a couple of nights ago on ebay,would sure make a unique set up.item # 260529353407 Golden Sovereign Recurve Bow Sight, Ben Pearson #1700.
Good luck Russ
December 30th, 2009, 06:02 PM
Im selling one I redid for $450...they hold there value if they are taken care of !
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