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For example, Martin Archery uses a code for the serial number that is similar to an auto vehicle identification number (VIN).
If you have a serial number with no date, write down the number or take a picture of the stamp.
Find the maker of the compound bow and email the picture or serial number to the company, asking for a confirmation on the bow's year of production.
Lists of compound bow makers are found at websites such as Hunter's Friend.
Below are the approx date ranges for the type of coin used.
The Serial Number: These bows usually have, what appears to be a hand inscription on one of the limbs that gives a serial number along with the length and pull weight of the bow.Patent Mark: Most of the BEAR Bows we have sold have the logo and the US Patents printed on it along with the date of CANADA 1953.This date that is printed on all bows made between 19 is simply the date of the patent for a working recurve limb and has nothing to do with the actual model year.Decals & Silkscreening: In 1948 the small Running Bear decal was first and then was replaced by the large Standing Bear decal in mid-1953. The large Standing Bear decal also has the words 'Glass Powered Bow' under the Standing Bear.The large Standing Bear decal was used until 1955 when it was replaced with silk-screening the identification on the bows. All Wood vs Laminate: If your bow is ALL wood (no laminations of any kind) then your bow had to be made before the mass productions beginning in 1949.• If the ALL wood bow has a stamp that reads 'Bear Products' in some form it would have been made before the early to mid 40's.