Bows

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.

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.

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

Affordable bow collection

An extensive collection of violin bows under $250 include bows from JonPaul in Brazilwood, Sandalwood and Ipe. There are also quality inexpensive bows from Eastman Strings, including pernambuco bows. Carbon fiber bows can also be an interesting option in this price range. Our carbon fiber bows are from Arcos Brazil and from Coda. The most basic bows are under $100 and we find them to be quite servicable playing sticks, and better than the choice of fiberglass.

We also carry quality pernambuco violin bows from Arcos Brazil and Horst John for under $500.

Affordable Cello Bows

An extensive collection of cello bows under $250 include bows from JonPaul in Brazilwood, Sandalwood and Ipe. There are also quality inexpensive bows from Eastman Strings, including pernambuco bows. Carbon fiber bows can also be an interesting option in this price range. Our carbon fiber bows are from Arcos Brazil and from Coda. The most basic bows are under $100 and we find them to be quite servicable playing sticks, and better than the choice of fiberglass.

We also carry quality pernambuco cello bows from Arcos Brazil and Horst John for under $800.

Affordable Viola Bows

An extensive collection of viola bows under $250 include bows from JonPaul in Brazilwood, Sandalwood and Ipe. There are also quality inexpensive bows from Eastman Strings, including pernambuco bows. Carbon fiber bows can also be an interesting option in this price range. Our carbon fiber bows are from Arcos Brazil and from Coda. The most basic bows are under $100 and we find them to be quite servicable playing sticks, and better than the choice of fiberglass.

We also carry quality pernambuco viola bows from Arcos Brazil and Horst John for under $500.

Arcos Brazil

Makers of these high quality pernambuco bows include Helisson Cyrillo, Alexandre Carvalho, and Claudio Chagas.

Arcos Brazil

Makers of these high quality pernambuco bows include Alexandre Carvalho and Alessandro Carlesso.

Arcos Brazil

Makers of these high quality pernambuco bows include Claudeir Chagas, André Carvalho, and Pedro Fracalossi.

Arthur Bultitude

This bow has been sold.

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 Rao

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

Bernd Dolling

Created in Wernitzgrun  in 1974, this Dolling bow is patterned after the work of Sartory. The mounting is in ebony and silver, with a magnificently ornamented ferrule, adjuster and heelplate.

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