Bows

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.

François Nicolas Voirin

A fine cello bow by François Nicolas Voirin from c. 1880. The octagonal stick is of round chocolate brown pernambuco, and is mounted with an ebony frog that has a medium pearl eye. The three part divided adjuster is in ebony and silver. The weight of the bow is 79.1 grams, and it has a suppleness that allows the bow to fully engage the string and shape phrases easily. This bow is accompanied by a certificate written by the Parisian bow expert Jean-Francois Raffin in 2005.

Harry Grabenstein Transitional

This is a transitional violin bow modeled after Tourte Pere by Harry 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.

Pierre-Yves Fuchs

Pierre-Yves Fuchs is a modern bow maker who works near Lausanne, Switzerland. Fuchs studied under Gilles Duhaut, Pierre Guillaume, and Benoit Rolland, and has won six gold medals from the Violin Society of America for his work, as well as awards from the British Violin Making Association and the Concours Etienne Vatelot. His bows are highly sought-after by professionals in both the United States and Europe.

This viola bow is mounted in silver, with a large pearl eye and an elegant silk and tinsel wrap. It draws a rich palette of colors, with a quick response and an easy spiccato.

Rodney D Mohr

Rodney D. Mohr has been active in bow making for over 25 years and is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, where he earned the degree of Master of Bow Making. He has produced more than 800 bows and has restored a countless number of fine bows. Rodney has won 20 awards in international competitions. After winning his third gold medal with the Violin Society of America, he is no longer eligible to compete and has earned the title of Hors’ Concours. He was awarded his Hors' Concours Certificate at the 19th Violin Society Competition and Convention in Cleveland, OH on November 11, 2010. 

Additional information about his work may be found on his web site: 
http://www.rodneymohr.com/

Victor Fetique

Victor Fetique worked with Charles Nicholas Bazin before moving to Paris to join the Caressa et Francais workshop after 1901. In 1913 Fetique established his own shop at 72 Rue Myrha in Paris. Victor Fetique won numerous competitions, and in 1925 received the prize "Premier Archetier de France." This bow dates from that year. The round stick is mounted in ebony and silver, and both face plate and adjuster are solid silver. It is an ideal playing weight at just over 59 grams. Please inquire for price.

William Watson

One of the finest bow makers to have been in the employ of the W. E Hill firm of London. He learned the trade there from William Retford, one of the most respected English bow makers. Watson joined Hill in 1945 and continued making bows for Hill's for seventeen years, until establishing his own shop in Buckinghamshire in 1962. The cello bow that we offer is mounted in ebony and gold, and is very supple and well balanced. In pristine condition, it is the work of a maker at the pinnacle of his craft.

This link leads to a wonderful tribute to Watson's career that appeared in Strings magazine: http://www.allthingsstrings.com/layout/set/print/Instruments/HISTORY2/Celebrating-an-Artisan-of-the-String-World-Old-No.-7-Brand

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