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S361 Unstamped, “Vuillaume” violin bow copy, Europe, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,300.00
This “Vuillaume” style, silver-mounted violin bow, with its curved-ferrule frog set slightly into the stick for stability, has a very attractive playing style, despite its lack of pedigree. The round, pernambuco stick feels light in the hand but draws a clear, warm sound, with good articulation and spiccato. While versatile, it would particularly suit Classical and Baroque repertoire.
Weight: 59.6 grams
B906 Bob Berg, Wellington, NZ late 20th century$ 2,500.00
Carbon-fibre bows are now a commonplace, though the modern “Berg” bows, manufactured in Indiana by William Duff are head and shoulders above most, if not all, their competition. Back in the 1980s, when Bob Berg, then a bass player in the NZSO, pioneered this process and produced his early prototypes, they were an exciting novelty. These early bows, of which this is one, are visually a little rough, but possess the qualities of clarity and precision that the later Berg bows became renowned for.
S188, violin bow$ 2,500.00
This is an intriguing silver-mounted bow, stamped “DODD” as many German copyists’ bows are. But beside the main stamp is a much smaller one “No 0271”, with an additional stamp just above the lapping, also in very small letters: “PEG LAPPING 595950”. The lapping itself is unusual, starting with around 20 turns of silver wire which then alternates with black whalebone. The bow is particularly light, and may suit someone moving away from heavier sticks, particularly for the pre-Romantic repertoire.
S263 Stamped ‘Techler’, C. A. Reichel workshop, Markneukirchen, Germany, 19th century$ 2,500.00
Despite the resemblance in the names, there is no connection with the Rome-based German violin maker, David Tecchler. The Reichel family were a numerous clan of luthiers and bowmakers largely based in Markneukirchen. C. A. Reichel stamped a wide range of student grade bows with the name ‘Techler; this cello bow, with its well-selected pernambuco stick and silver mounts, is one of the better examples.
S334 Unstamped, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,500.00
This old, much-played and appreciated bow has been thoroughly restored in our workshop so that it can go on sharing its playing qualities with future generations of cellists. The original, silver-mounted, ebony frog has been complemented by a new, silver and ebony button.
Unusually, the head has an internal splice but no detectable signs of a head break. A splice makes an unbroken head more resistant to damage, perhaps echoing the actions of William Retford, Hill’s famous and fiery bow maker, who pinned his personal bow heads as a preventative measure.
Weight: 75.5 grams
B818 “Rich Geipel…”, Germany mid 20th century$ 2,550.00
Richard Geipel was a member of a large family of violin and bow makers. Based in the Markneukirchen area, his workshop produced many fine bows. This bow is characterised by large Parisian eyes and a bi-coloured whalebone lapping.
“A. Metzner”, Angers, France, late nineteenth century$ 2,700.00
The “A. Metzner” whose name is stamped on this fine cello bow may well be the same maker as A. Metzner-Leblanc, known nowadays only through the work of the Mirecourt-born luthier Louis Martin. Martin trained originally as a bow maker before apprenticing as a violin maker. He later worked for the “A, Metzner-LeBlanc” workshop in Angers, France, and then bought it just after the turn of the twentieth century. The bow has a strong, octagonal, pernambuco stick and silver mounts. At 79.1 grams, it would suit an advanced student or professional player looking for a slightly lighter bow with good playing characteristics.
Start sale price: $2,700.00
Bow weight: 79.1 grams
S259 Berg cello bow$ 2,750.00
S259 Bob Berg cello bow, Wellington, New Zealand late 20th century
This is an early New Zealand-made prototype for the now famous “Berg” bows made and marketed in the U.S. Bob Berg, an American double bass player in the NZSO, was a pioneer in the making of carbon-fibre bows. While his bow heads are not as elegant as modern productions, the sticks share the attractive, wood-like texture and colour, and the playability is very good, with excellent articulation.
S389 Otto Adler viola bow, Mittenwald, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 2,750.00
The Otto Adler bow-making workshop was based in Mittenwald, the famous Sourthern German centre of violin making until Adler’s death in 1945. This octagonal, pernambuco viola bow has silver mounts and a solid, square-backed ebony frog in good condition. At just under 67 grams, the bow is relatively light for a viola bow and would perhaps suit a player with a smaller instrument. The playing characteristics are good, with a clean, smooth action.
Start sale price: $2,750.00
Bow weight: 66.9 grams
S377 Violin bow stamped “JA [?] TUBBS”, English or European, early-mid twentieth century$ 2,800.00
James Tubbs, arguably England’s most outstanding bow maker, is widely copied, in the sense that his name appears in various forms on a wide variety of later bows. This bow, both in its making and its playing characteristics is rather better than most. The round, pernambuco stick is well-selected, the bi-coloured whalebone lapping and silver mounts lift the work out of the ordinary, and the frog, if not the head, is a reasonable approximation of Tubb’s style. The bow has a warm, full, steady legato and an effective spiccato and articulation.
Weight: 60.0 grams
S436 Viola bow Laberte, Mirecourt, France, late nineteenth century$ 2,900.00
The Laberte workshops were established in Mirecourt, the violin-making town in the Vorges area of France, in 1780, and for many decades dominated the instrument-making life of this craftsman’s town. This strong and skillfully-made viola bow, with its rounded stick of selected pernambuco, its square backed frog, and its silver mounts, is in excellent original condition, with an unusual and elegant bi-coloured lapping. It has a well-controlled sautelé close to the balance point, and sits steadily on the string in legato passages to pull a full, warm tone.
S395 Violin bow Albert Nurnberger, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 3,000.00
Franz Albert Nurnberger Jnr, trained by his father of the same name, built up the family bow-making workshop to be one of the most outstanding not only in its home town of Markneukirchen, but in Germany. The stamp, using a serif font, was only used after 1910, which helps to date this bow to a period stretching from shortly before WWI through to the mid-twentieth century. The head is rounded in the distinctive style of the Albert Nurnberger workshop. The bow produces a lovely, smooth and creamy sound, and the articulation is precise, with a clear, elegant spiccato.
Start sale price: $3,000.00
Bow weight: 58.0 grams
B580 “E. Withers. London”, England mid-late 20th century$ 3,070.00
Founded by Edward Withers in the mid 19th century, this reputable London violin firm employed their own bowmakers. This bow has an octagonal stick, silver mounts and a one-piece button.
S208, violin bow, Carl Albert Nürnberger, Germany, mid 20th Century$ 3,700.00
This finely-finished, octagonal violin bow, from the Nürnberger workshop in Markneukirchen, is stamped “*ALBERT NÜRNBERGER*” and “MADE IN GDR”. These stamps identify the bow as the work of one of the more famous members of the numerous Nürnberger bow making family, Carl Albert Nürnberger, and dates it to the decades after the Second World War. The Parisian eyes in the frog, as Nürnberger’s work often shows, are unusually large, and the “Tourte” style head is carved with strength and clarity. The three-part, silver and ebony button is unoriginal. The bow draws a warm, full sound.
S298 Albert Nürnberger Jnr, Germany, after 1920$ 4,000.00
This octagonal, silver-mounted pernambuco bow is well weighted, at 83.9 grams, and has excellent playing qualities. A head break has been repaired skilfully with a splice, which hasn’t affected the bow’s performance characteristics but has brought its sale value down to an affordable level for a professional player or advanced student.
S305 “Berg”, William Duff, Bloomington, Indiana, USA$ 4,000.00
Pioneered in New Zealand by Bob Berg, “Berg” carbonfibre bows were further developed in Indiana by William Duff to the point where they have established themselves firmly as one of the very best carbonfibre bows in today’s violin market. This Indiana-made violin bow weights 62 grams but still feels light and responsive in the hand, with the playing characteristics, shared by all top carbonfibre bows, of responsiveness and excellent articulation.