Hi ! I am new here, but have amazing news.. I have had a wooden "Recurve Fred Bear Bow" for 17 years now. A Man named Gus and architect at Blackstone in Jamestown N.Y. Seen my passion for bow hunting and took if off his basement wall witch he said was hanging there sense 1930.. I have never put a string on it but I have waxed it and kept the dust off it.. A real Gem ! I will post when I find out how. Thank you for having a wonderful [email protected] this bow is some ware around 82years young.His name is Nels Grumley and he was the original bowyer for Bear archery. Nels was a true artist and his work is like nothing else in my opinion. Would need to see the bow to know when it was made but if it has Nels Grumley hand written on it it was made after 1934 from my understanding. This is because prior to that he had a Bear Achery stamp that he put on all the bows but when the stamp broke (they only had one) he started signing them. If it is a static recurve like his brushbow model it is worth more as these are real rare, materials, year and condition all make a difference but I sold a Grumley Brushbow sight unseen for $1000.00 about 10 years ago so if you find someone who wants it bad enough it is worth a bit of money.
The one I had was looked at and dated by Nels son (I think his name is Steve) he told me it was in as good of condition as he had ever seen and that I could still shoot it.
I started shooting it that summer and was intending on taking a deer with it that fall when a collector bought it to stop me from shooting the bow. He was afraid it would break.
I just figured the bow was made to hunt and I was taking it home.
Put some picks up if you can showing design and close up of anything written on the bow and I or someone else may be able to date it for you.