Fine violin bows

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  • S306 “Hill”, Edgar Bishop, W. E. Hill and Sons, London, early-mid 20th century

    $ 5,000.00

    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.

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  • B866 “W.E. Hill & Sons”, London, early-mid 20th century

    $ 7,000.00

    Hill bows are made in four separate grades. Those stamped “W.E. Hill & Sons”, as this bow is, were the highest grade and were made with the best materials. The actual bow maker was Arthur Brown, who has left a cross on the tip face below the head mortice. Other identifying signs are “R” on the frog lining and “R62” on the stick beside the eye mortices. The bow has an octagonal, pernambuco stick and silver mounts.

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  • B956 “W.E. Hill & Sons”, London, early-mid 20th century

    $ 7,000.00


    The full stamp “W.E. Hill and Sons” indicates this is one of their first grade bows; the figure “3 ” on the tipface under the hair shows that this is the work of Albert Leeson, who worked at Hill from 1920 till his death in 1946. The pernambuco stick is octagonal, and the ebony frog has silver mounts. At 57.9 grams this is a relatively light bow, but it still pulls a warm, full sound.

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  • B754 “Bourguinon à Bruxelles” Belgium, mid 20th century

    $ 7,660.00

    This beautiful bow has been reliably attributed to the French bow maker Marcel Lapierre, but bears a dealer’s stamp. The octagonal stick is of well-selected pernambuco and the tortoiseshell frog has silver mounts.

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