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Old Howatt Mamba

Postby dkard » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:14 pm

Here are some pics of an older Howatt Mamba. Larry Hatfield sounded surprised when I mentioned the red fiberglass


Pics are on Photobucket

http://s366.photobucket.com/albums/oo10 ... t%20Mamba/

If anyone has an info on this bow, I'd appreciate it.

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Re: Old Howatt Mamba

Postby KODIAK » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:20 pm

Don't have any info just a couple comments. It almost looks like woven red glass although it probably isn't and that is a severe recurve hook! Almost looks like a static. Looks like a screamer.

VERY cool bow.
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Re: Old Howatt Mamba

Postby cst » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:25 pm

I like the red. Those are some serious hooks. Wonder how it shoots?
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Re: Old Howatt Mamba

Postby Howattman » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:28 pm

The Mamba line of bows was introduced in 1942. Your Mamba Hi Speed was made during the mid to late 1950's, when the Mamba line included the Hi speed (58"), the Hunter (62") and the Rocket (66"). They were working recurves, although as Kodiak pointed out, they still retained a bit of the static limb look. Damon was very instrumental in developing fiberglass for use in bows and worked closely with 3M. Howatt glass of this era DOES have a visible woven pattern, although you can't actually feel it when you run your fingers across it.

I'm surprised Larry reacted the way he did.....All the Mambas from this era that I've seen and owned had the same reddish brown glass.
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Re: Old Howatt Mamba

Postby dkard » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:49 pm

Any idea of Value ?

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Re: Old Howatt Mamba

Postby dkard » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:38 am

Larry Hatfield replied on TT



the bow is the forerunner of the hunter. it was made in 1951, the bowyer was jim hook, the finish was put on by damon and edna howatt. it was valspar. they used to take the bows with one or two coats into the house at night to help the finish cure. the writing on the bow is definitely damon's.
the skived leather grip was applied by ted donalson, a neighbor and fellow archer. he used an odsidian knife he and damon found in a dry lake bed in eastern oregon in the fourties.
the glass is eicholtz.
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Re: Old Howatt Mamba

Postby Jett » Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:19 am

Here's mine (from mid to late 50's according to Howattman):
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Re: Old Howatt Mamba

Postby Jett » Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:25 am

Couple more views:
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Re: Old Howatt Mamba

Postby Howattman » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:01 pm

dkard wrote:Larry Hatfield replied on TT



the bow is the forerunner of the hunter. it was made in 1951, the bowyer was jim hook, the finish was put on by damon and edna howatt. it was valspar. they used to take the bows with one or two coats into the house at night to help the finish cure. the writing on the bow is definitely damon's.
the skived leather grip was applied by ted donalson, a neighbor and fellow archer. he used an odsidian knife he and damon found in a dry lake bed in eastern oregon in the fourties.
the glass is eicholtz.


Ya know, sometimes I think Larry just makes up doofy little details just to mess with people. :lol: Who the hell (beside me MAYBE) is gonna question him??

Here's an oldie......

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Howatt Bushmaster static limb recurve, early-mid 1940's, made by The Man himself.
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