S306 “Hill”, Edgar Bishop, W. E. Hill and Sons, London, early-mid 20th century
Under the Hill bow-making workshop system, the individual makers were able to establish some sort of mutual recognition by stamping their own symbol or number on the silver tip face, under the hair. This bow is stamped “2”, identifying it as the work of Edgar Bishop, who began work as a Hill bow maker in 1918. The Hill family still retained some of the “Victorian” tradition of control over their workers – the identification system was officially a secret until the late 20th century. The bow feels surprisingly light in the hand for its weight, at 62.6grams. Like other early Hill bows stamped “Hill”, the bow performs very well, with a good bounce, clean articulation, and steadiness on the string in fast, light, full bow strokes.