Arthur Bultitude


Arthur Bultitude (1908-1990) was employed at the W.E. Hill & Sons firm in London starting at the age of fourteen, where he apprenticed under William Retford. After military service during the Second World War, he returned to Hill, where he was appointed manager in 1945. He stayed with Hill until 1961, when he set up his own workshop in Gills Green, Kent. During the following twenty years he made more than two thousand bows.

Many of Bultitude’s bows are decorated with a Tudor Rose on the frog, which can be seen on this violin bow dating from 1972. The bow has a tortoise shell frog mounted in gold, including a gold adjuster and face plate, and is in perfect condition.

August Rau

This octagonal bow with solid silver adjuster, from the 1940's, is a fine playing stick. It is on the more flexible side.

Charles Nicolas Bazin

This bow comes with a certificate by Salchow for the stick. The frog is not original.

Claude Auguste Thomassin

A cello bow by Claude Auguste Thomassin, in Paris c.1890. The stick is round fine pernambuco. The tone quality produced is clear, lively and articulate. It is accompanied by a recent certificate of Isaac Salchow, NY.

H. F. Grabenstein Transitional

This is a transitional violin bow modeled after Tourte Pere by H. F. Grabenstein, a leading maker of period bows. The stick is of pernambuco and the frog is of mammoth tusk.

Hermann Prell

This bow by Hermann Prell is mounted in gold and has a tortoiseshell frog by Louis Bazin.

John Dodd c. 1825

John Dodd, often referred to as "The English Tourte," was one of the defining figures in early 19th century English bow making. After earlier work in Lambeth, Dodd worked in the Kew area of London, where he supplied bows to the Betts, Forster, and Banks shops, and also made his own bows stamped "DODD." He was one of the first makers to employ a bow stamp.

This viola bow is made of very fine Pernambuco, and is stamped "DODD" on the thumb side of the heel. it dates from the first quarter of the 19th century, with a frog and adjuster which were replaced later.

Marie Louis Piernot

This supple cello bow was made by Marie Lois Piernot for the Parisian shop of Leon Bernadel, and it bears the stamp of Bernardel on the handle. He had earlier worked with both Charles Bazin and Vigneron pere. This bow dates from circa 1925, and is accompanied by a certificate from the Parisian bow expert Jean-Francois Raffin.

Matt Wehling

Matt Wehling is a highly-respected American bowmaker who has received a great deal of recognition for his work, including First Prize at the Etienne Vatelot Competition and the elite 'Hors Concours' designation from the Violin Society of America.

Nicolas Simon

This bow is accompanied by a certificate from Jean-Francois Raffin.