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I tried getting information from Ernie Root’s son and from former Root / Shakespeare employees.
All said the records were destroyed when Shakespeare closed its archery division.
Folks often contact us about their Shakespeare and Root bow serial numbers.
Until recently we believed that these numbers are of little value in determining age or value.
The only fairly consistent trait is each model's serial number end with a letter for each model- "T" for Sierra, "H" for Yukon and "M" for Necedah X26.
But even that is not consistent because there are anomalies (in red text) in each model's serial numbers.
Serial numbers are very helpful for other traditional bow manufactures, such as Hoyt and Bear which are still in business; they are also useful for other manufactures that archived the information such as Ben Pearson Bows.
I assume that that log is long gone and all hope of finding a solution was hopeless.
From June 2013 until late January 2014 I had been recording serial numbers for Shakespeare's most popular bows, Sierra X18, Necedah X26 and Yukon X24.
I got most of the numbers from online forums, auctions, and friends.
I had hoped to see a pattern or system emerging but the numbers are fairly ambiguous.
As you can see, each model has a variety of digits and letters, some shorter while others are longer.
I call these guys “The Code Breakers”; Peter Denley, Kerry Hardy, David Ross and John Murphy.