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Traditional Archery Michigan Traditional Archers enjoy shooting recurves and longbows and love to watch the flight of a well shot arrow.

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Old 05-18-2004, 12:30 PM
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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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Old 05-18-2004, 06:21 PM
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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.
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Old 05-19-2004, 05:32 AM
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Well, that's what I get for going by memory.....

Label really says "PAR-_____"
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Limbs are a nice green, like those 50's aluminum tumblers; grip area is black.

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

Now for some research!
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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???
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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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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