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Seeking all-aluminum recurve info....

Discussion in 'Traditional Archery' started by PrtyMolusk, May 18, 2004.


  1. PrtyMolusk

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    While attending the local VFW rummage sale this past weekend, my son bought me a recurve!

    OK, it was only $1.00, but I've never seen one quite like this....

    It is 100% aluminum. The limbs are a pleasant green color, and the 'handle' (riser?) is, if memory serves, kind of a dark brick red color.

    On the back of one of the limbs is the remnant of a sticker which says (again, going from questionable memory here...) "Jan-____" and a city which may be Jackson....it is definately a hyphenated company name anyway.

    I'll correct my post tomorrow after I write the details down tonight (home computer not up yet) but I'd thought I'd start the research ball rolling .....

    Any info out there?
     

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    I think there use to a company out of Ludington that made alumunum bows. I beleive they were called "Ivanhoe". I'm sure someone on here will know more than me. I also have an old alumunum recurve around here somewhere, but I can't read the label either. Neat thing to have, noisey to shoot.
     

  3. PrtyMolusk

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    Well, that's what I get for going by memory..... :eek:

    Label really says "PAR-_____"
    Patent Pend
    Jackson,________

    Limbs are a nice green, like those 50's aluminum tumblers; grip area is black.

    Anyone?
     
  4. 2-BIG

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    The name of the bow is a PAR-X and it was made in Jackson Michigan. Probably made about 1930-1940 era. I'd hold on to it and check out its value! ;)
     
  5. PrtyMolusk

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    Thanks, 2-BIG ! I knew someone would come through....

    Now for some research!
     
  6. PrtyMolusk

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    Well, after a fruitless day of searching, all I've been able to do is find a couple for sale on various auction sites...

    Does anyone know of a good informational site where I might find out further details? Doing a search on 'aluminum recurves' gives me a whack of hits but all are on 'aluminum' or 'recurve'...'PAR-X' gets nothing useable. Any ideas on how to take this search further???
     
  7. 2-BIG

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    I'll do some checking and hopefully have some info for you soon. ;)
     
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    No luck finding any info yet. Ron LaClair did tell me he owned one in the 50s but sold it when he found out how dangerous they were.
     
  9. PrtyMolusk

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    ..."but sold it when he found out how dangerous they were."

    What do you mean by this, 2 BIG? Don't want to hang on to something that is dangerous; I'd sooner toss it and be out the $1.00 than to risk injury...???
     
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    The bow is a 1945 Par-x-bow manufactured by Park tool & Die of Jackson. I believe they are no longer in business. My understanding is they only manufactured a few of them in that year and ran into liability issues wth them. I am not sure about the value. You may want to do a search on bow collectors and some of them have boards that you can get on and pose the question as to value and history.

    Mark
     
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    If nothing else it sounds like it would be a great display item for the ol' trophy room! The price was right and it's something of a piece of Michigan history! If you decide to cash it out I'll offer to double the return on your investment! :lol: ;)
     
  12. PrtyMolusk

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    Thanks all for the info.....

    Burksee, sorry, but even though it is double my investment I think I will hang on to it....

    a3, thanks for the detailed info.

    Before I can wall-hang it I'd like to string it; something any competent bow shop can do?
     
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    do not shoot this bow!
    a wonderful collection piece but they had a reputation for exploding.
    it could just be an urban myth, but i wouldn't risk it.