Bows

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 Brasil

Makers of these high quality pernambuco bows include Helisson Cyrillo, Alexandre Carvalho, and Claudio Chagas. Pictured above is a silver-mounted copy of a Lamy bow, by Alessandro Carlesso.

Arcos Brasil

The high quality pernambuco bows from Arcos Brasil are excellent for intermediate to advanced cellists. Pictured here is a silver mounted cello bow by Alessandro Carlesso.

Arcos Brasil

Makers of these high quality pernambuco bows include Claudeir Chagas, André Carvalho, and Pedro Fracalossi. Pictured above is a silver-mounted copy of a Sartory bow, by Alessandro Carlesso.

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.

Bernd Dolling

This bow has been sold.

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.

Daniel Latour

This bow has been sold.

An ornate, ivory mounted baroque violin bow by Daniel Latour, France c. 1970. An exact copy of a bow owned by Sigiswald Kuijken.

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