Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Most Popular Shakespeare Bows

SHAKESPEARE BOW COUNT: eBay sales April 2013-2014
 The Most Popular and the Rarest Shakespeare /  Parabow Archery Models
By Lewis Kent and edited by Larry Vienneau

Lewis has  been watching the sales of Shakespeare and Parabow bows for over a year. He has methodically recorded these sale trends in these two charts. After one year he has enough statistics to help both experienced collectors and novices with the array of models and the many variations within each Shakespeare and Parabow models .  Since it is our understanding the Shakespeare Archery sales and manufacturing records have been lost or destroyed over the years, Lewis thought this might be a relatively accurate guide to deduce the rarity of different styles of Shakespeare bows. The table and bar charts below show the percentage of each style of bow as it appeared on eBay from April 2013 until April 2014. Use these table and charts as a guide. It is possible that a bow slipped past us or that it was counted twice because it was offered for resale using different pictures.
The information collected has been added to these two charts to more accurately show the percentage of bows being sold on EBay.  The first bar chart contains the Shakespeare X1 thru the Shakespeare x40, it also containing the Shakespeare QT and any factory seconds that have been auctioned on EBay. The second bar chart contains the Shakespeare Parabow sales as listed on EBay.
This information will help both buyers and sellers understand the rarity of their respective bow. After one year we can clearly see that the most plentiful Shakespeare Models are Sierra X18, followed by the Necedah X26 and Yukon X24. In the Parabow Models the Rocket and Fury are most common. Plentiful doesn't mean less valuable, The Necedah is plentiful and it is collectible because it is an excellent hunting bow, and the Sierra and Yukon models are excellent entry level bows.
After one year of hard work Lewis Kent has created a very useful tool for the collector. It is the most concise study of Shakespeare and Parabow models ever made, thanks Lewis!!!

Shakespeare Models  
’59-60 Model 100
’59-60 Model 200
’59-60 Model 300
’59-60 Model 400
’59-60 Model 500
’59-60 Model 600
X1 Shim-Bo
X2 Shim-Bo
X4 Purist
X5 Wambaw
X6 Graduate
X10 Professional
X10A Professional
X12 Wambaw
X14A Ocala Special
X15-63 Wonderbow
X15-66 Wonderbow
X15-69 Wonderbow
X15 Titan
X16 Supreme
X17-62 Ocala
X17 Ocala
X17A Ocala Special
X18-64 Wonderbow
X18 Sierra
X18W Ouachita
X19 Wonderbow
X19-63 Wonderbow
X20-58 Wonderbow
X20 Manitou
X21 Tioga
X22 Wonderbow
X22 Custer
X23 Pecos
X24 Wonderbow
X24 Yukon
X25 Trident
X26 Necedah
X27 Kaibab
X28 Necedah
X29 Cascade
X30 Super Necedah
X31 Necedah
X32 Super Necedah
X40 Mancos
QT2 Takedown
Factory Second

Will Scarlet

April 2013- April 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dick Wilson - Shakespeare Archery's Mystery man

Dick Wilson- Shakespeare  Archery’s  Mystery Man

One of the reasons I started this blog was to document and record information from the Golden Era of Archery 1950 – mid -1970s. So much of this priceless knowledge has been lost to the passage of time and the passing of the men and women of this period. Many of these Vintage Bow Makers went bankrupt with the invention of the compound and their legacy has been neglected. Today, with the resource of the internet, we have a responsibility to preserve this heritage for future generations.

Fred Bear and Ben Pearson were great bowyers and their persona help market their exceptional bows. Shakespeare had no such person. Ernie Root was the heart and soul of the company but perhaps he was unwilling to become a figure head. In 1963-64 until 1970 Shakespeare hired Dick Wilson as Shakespeare's Archery Product Manager and President of Shakespeare Archery Division. He was an accomplished archer and he became the face of Shakespeare Archery. Ironically there is virtually nothing known about him. Where was he from? What was his influence on Ernie Root? Why did he leave Shakespeare? What did he do afterwards? This bio is found in the 1969 Shakespeare Archery catalog”

 “Dick Wilson had a wide and varied background in tournament and hunting archery. As a tournament archer he was Michigan State Field Archery Champion and won over 50 archery tournament prizes. President of the American Archery Council, he also presently serves as chairman of the Education Committees of the Professional Archery Association and the American Archery Council. He was on the board of the Archery Manufacturers Organization, director of the Professional Archery Association's Business and Instructors School and is a member of the Archery Committee of the Outdoor Education Project. Dick has been bowhunting all over the United States and in many foreign lands. He has been involved in a dozen television films seen by millions of viewers, including a 1970 segment of "The American Sportsman" on hunting Alaskan bear.”

Over the past several months I have tried to find out more about Dick Wilson. I have asked for help on several prominent traditional archery forums with no real luck. One poster erroneously suggests he was related to the Wilson brothers of Black Widow Archery. Another poster said they had known him years ago but lost touch but did say he was a very nice guy.  I have written to Shakespeare with no results. Shakespeare closed its archery division in the mid-1970s and over the years lost or destroyed all records. I have also written to the Michigan State Field Archery association, American Archery Council, Professional Archery Association, Archery Manufacturers Organization and “the American Sportsman. Many of these organizations have been reorganized and renamed, and the old guard is long gone. If Mr. Wilson is alive today he would be in the mid-80s.

Dick Wilson was with Shakespeare when Ernie Root was making Shakespeare’s bows. It really was the peak the convergence of Shakespeare and Root. He was active in the promotion of Shakespeare Archery and was featured on many Ads and catalogs. He also seems to have left Shakespeare at the exact time which Ernie Root left. My gut feeling is that Dick Wilson’s expertise as a Tournament Archer and Bowhunter had to have had some influence on the bows being designed by Ernie Root. I also find it interesting that Mr. Wilson left Shakespeare around the same time that Ernie Root left. This time period was after the sale of Root to Shakespeare and just before Shakespeare left Kalamazoo MI for Columbia SC.

Here are the printed references which I found about Dick Wilson:

In the bow review of the OCALA X17 -, Brush Beat for a Meat Sheep  By Jim Dougherty. May- June 1967, BOW & ARROW Magazine  pp. 14-18, 43, 59, Mr Dougherty twice comments about Dick Wilson:

 “ Dick Wilson of Shakespeare had sent me a dozen of their rifled Fiberglass arrows and believe me the shafts are as tough as hell, you cannot break one in two…..”

Dick Wilson and the Shakespeare people have no reason to be anything but proud of the strides they have made in modern archery tackle. The complete line of Shakespeare bows is cut from the same mold of quality that highlights the Ocala”

Mr Wilson and his family are featured in both the 1964 and 1966 Catalogs

Dick Wilson on the cover of the 1970 catalog

In the 1966 and 1967 Catalog Dick Wilson is shown shooting the Titan X15

In 1966 Mr Wilson is shown with a trophy and at full draw Necedah X26

In the 1967 catalog he is featured on the cover
If anyone has information about Dick Wilson, please share it.