|Shakespeare Archery 1961 magazine insert|
- The 1961-62 X15 had three versions, 63” 66” 69”. It was designed as a target bow. In 1966 the X15 became the X-15 Titan.
- In 1964 X-16 was introduced, in 1966 it became the X16 Supreme.
- In 1961 there was the X17 which in 1966 became the X-17 Ocala.
- The X18 in 1961-62 was a long AMO of 64”. In 1971 the X18 was completely redesigned as the X18 Sierra 52 AMO.
- The X20 1961-62 was unusual because it was ambidextrous and the last Shakespeare bow with a leather wrapped handle, it was very similar to the 1959-60 Model 500 and 600. In 1968 the X-20 became the X20 Manitou which look nothing like its previous version.
- The X22 was introduced in 1964 as a dual hunting / target bow, in 1996 it was reintroduce as the X22 Custer.
- In 1964 the X24 was designed as a semi-recurve. In 1966 the X24 Yukon was presented as an all-round hunting /target bow
|Lewis Kent's Unique 1963 (?) Wonderbow X19|
This example of the X19 belongs to my friend Lewis Kent. The X19, like most of these early bows were produced as right hand bow, lefties were special orders. So Lewis, a righty, gets all the fun! We spotted this gray glass bow on eBay and we were both intrigued. Lewis bid and won it. A few weeks later the green glass and walnut riser X19 was up for auction. It is quite different then the 1961-62 models. The profile is different and it does not have the model number with the logo, the model number is hand written on the riser. Lewis won that bow too.......jealous!!
|calf skin arrow rest|
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 13,2014
Of course there is always something unexpected when dealing with vintage bows especially Shakespeare. When I first wrote this article 8/24/2013 Lewis Kent and I were confident we had figured out the chronology of this enigmatic bow. The design fit perfectly into the early bows which Ernie Root made for Shakespeare, they were typical of the early 1960s bows. However earlier this year Lewis won a X19. When it arrived he compared both bows and was surprised to find that the bow had a "Shakespeare Archery Equipment" logo typical of the 1970!
|Lewis Kent's odd X19 with 1970s style logo and medallion and leather Root style arrow rest|
This odd X19 also had the raised medal medallion found on bows from the early 1970s. It also has a gray leather arrow rest used by Ernie Root for during the early 1960s.
We debated why there is such inconsistency in this model. I suggested that this bow may have been resurrected in the 1970s to be used by the US military. The Army used the Shakespeare M24 as a recreational bow for the US troops in Viet Nam. Perhaps Shakespeare was also sending the X19? But Lewis disagrees because of the shiny metal medallion, which he feels is inconsistent with military use which make sense. I have been sitting on this update for quite awhile, trying to research this newer incarnation of the X19. I have found nothing. It leave us scratching our heads!!!
- 63 inch AMO
- Draw weights: 20- 50 lbs.
- Riser- Maple
- calf skin arrow rest
- Maple tip overlay
- Glass: Ivory White back, Steel Gray belly -1961, Steel Gray back and belly 1962. 1963 - Green glass walnut riser
- 6 inch sight window
- Brace height- 6 ¾
- Right hand, left hand was special ordered.
- Wonderbow logo
- 1970-? Shakespeare Archery Equipment Logo and raised metal medallion