Monday, May 20, 2013

Shakespeare Supreme X16

Shakespeare Model X16 and 
The Supreme X16 
Shakespeare Model X16 1963-65

Shakespeare, under the direction of Ernie Root, produced excellent competition and target bows. The Model X16 (1963 - 65) was introduced in 1963 as a fine target bow. It was a 66" bow with exotic Benge hardwood and ivory white fiberglass. It came with a feather rest and calf hair arrow plate. It was available in right or left had and in weights of 30-50 lbs.  In 1966 the new Supreme X16 was introduced. The design of Shakespeare Supreme X16 stayed fairly consistent during its production from 1966-1971. Competition bows from the 1960-70 are generally longer AMOs and lower draw weights. A longer bow allows for a smoother draw, less string pinch and stable release. The AMO was 66 inch but in 1970 only it went to 64” inch then back to 66” in 1971. The draw weights fluctuated from year to year but were between 20-50 pounds.
Shakespeare Supreme X16 1967-71
 Shakespeare Supreme X16 was a top flight tournament bow at an entry level price.  The bowmaking art and craftsmanship of Ernie Root is apparent in this beautifully sculpted recurve. His style earned the admiration of the most discriminating archer. The Supreme came in seven draw weights to fit all needs. With excitingly stable shooting ease and pinpoint precision, it easily exceeded any other bow in the price range. Fine features include Exotic and Maple wood riser, white glass, three layer exotic and maple wood. In 1970 Supreme was designed for the Junior Olympics, with lower draw weights and shorter draw lengths.

There really isn’t too much information available on this fine bow. Competition Bows are usually available in auctions and tend to go for a higher price than hunting bows. I think most traditional shooter will benefit from shooting a competition bow in the off season. It is on my “Want List” but as a left-handed shooter has been waiting a long time for a nice example to add to my collection. So I live vicariously through my right handed friend Lewis Kent. He has a great collection and he does a great job restoring bows. He got this beautiful Supreme and was kind enough to share it. Thanks Lewis!!

Lewis Kent's Supreme X16

Supreme X16 1966-1971

66” AMO (1966-69)

64”AMO (1970)

66”AMO (1971)

Draw weights:

25-50 pounds (1967)

25-45 pounds (1968, 1969)

20-40 pounds (1970)

25-40 pounds (1971)


1 ¾ inch (1967)

2 inch (1968-1971)

Sight window:

 7 inch (1967-1970)

6 ½ inch (1971)

Arrow rest:

Vertical feathers, calf hair plate (1967-69)

Adjustable Plate and Flipper rest (1970-71)

Brace height: 8 ½


Benge and Maple wood riser (1967)  

Maple, Bubinga, and Rosewood (1968- 1971)

Fiberglass: White

Triple tip overlays:

1967 Benge and Maple,

1968-1971 Maple and Bubinga

M16 Stabilizer mount- 1968-1971

1 comment:

  1. Hi my name is Jeff, I have a supreme model x16 for sale.