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    S548 “Hill” W.E. Hill and Sons, London, U.K., early twentieth century

    $ 5,000.00

    W.E. Hill and Sons made high-quality bows throughout much of the twentieth century and trained many of the English makers who dominated the trade after the Hill workshops closed.  One of the seminal figures in this illustrious workshop was William Charles Retford, whose influence over the development and execution of the “Hill” bow was enormous.  This fine violin bow is a rare example of Retford’s work.  The round pernambuco stick and head have a slim, elegant profile, and produce a clean, clear sound, with good articulation.  At 59.4 grams, the bow feels light and responsive in the hand.

    Bow Weight:  59.4 grams

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    S517 “W.E. H & S” W.E. Hill and Sons, London, early-mid twentieth century

    $ 6,500.00

    W.E. Hill and Sons, for a time one of the most authoritative and prestigious violin dealers in the world, also had their own workshops, making fine violins in the Anglo-French tradition, excellent bows, and luxury cases. Their bows came in several grades, distinguished by the stamp on the stick. This fine, octagonal violin bow is stamped “W.E. H&S”, classifying it as a bow in their second-to-top grade. It sits steadily on the string during fast legato strokes, bounces cleanly and crisply, and articulates well in all parts of the stick, making it a reliable and versatile bow for an advanced player.

    Start sale price: $6,500.00

    Bow weight: 60.1 grams

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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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    S376 “W.E. H. & S” violin bow, by W.E. Hill and Sons, London, early-mid twentieth century

    $ 7,000.00

    This “Hill”, 2nd grade violin bow is typical of their workshop production in the first half of the twentieth century. A small nick in the silver tip face below the head mortice indicates the work of Sydney Braithwaite Yeoman, the bow workshop’s first apprentice, who joined the company in 1890 and who retired 55 years later, in 1945. The ebony frog has a full-length pearl slide and pearl back plate. The black whalebone lapping is original. The bow produces a full, warm sound and the spiccato is very well-balanced and precise.

    Weight: 61.6 grams

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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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    S535 Gary Leahy, Ireland, early twenty first century

    $ 10,500.00

    Gary Leahy trained as a bow maker in Ireland with Noel Burke before setting up his own bow making workshop in 2005. His bows are largely inspired by historical French work of the late 1700s and early-mid 1800s, and he has won numerous prizes in international competitions. This bow is a fine example, cleanly and elegantly finished, and with excellent playing characteristics, a good steady legato, a well-controlled spiccato and martelé, and crisp articulation during string crossings. The tone is full but also clear and brilliant.

    Start sale price: $10,500.00

    Bow weight: 60.2 grams

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