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Unbranded violin bow by James Tubbs, circa 1870 Flag of UK
59 grams; balance point: 24.5 cm. Sold with a certificate by Reid Hudson.
This is a fine example of an early bow by James Tubbs in surprisingly good condition. The stick is dark, supple and moderately strong. The characteristic Tubbs style head is faced with ivory rather than the silver which is most often seen in his later bows. The silver mounted frog is rounded at the back and is decorated with mother of pearl dots.
$12,000 Bow Frog
W.E.HILL & SONS Flag of UK
57.5 grams; length: 74.5 cm; balance point: 25.5 cm from the adjuster. Gold ‘Fleur de Lis’ bow by Arthur Bultitude (1908–1990), dated 1953 under the frog, with an appraisal from Jaak Liivoja-Lorius dated 1998. Round stick with a gold tip face and whalebone grip. Gold mounted frog of black tortoiseshell inlaid with gold fleu-de-lis in the side. Excellent original condition.
$9,000 Bow Frog
M. LAPIERRE Flag of France
60.5 grams; balance point: 24.5 cm. Marcel La Pierre was a good bow maker who established himself in Paris in 1947. This bow is stamped under the frog “1959”, the year it was made. The strong octagonal stick is of beautiful red-brown wood, substantial at the balance point and supple behind the head. The silver mounted frog is of very black fine grained ebony. The silver ferrule has been replaced, otherwise the bow is in very good original condition.
$7,500 Bow Frog
REID HUDSON Flag of Canada
60.5 grams; balance point: 24 cm. The strong round stick of this gold mounted violin bow by Reid Hudson offers the player excellent strength and flexability with excellent weight and balance. The tip face is of mammoth ivory while the grip is of imitation whalebone. The frog and adjuster are of ebony mounted with gold. See www.reidhudson.com.
$6,000 Bow Frog
REID HUDSON Flag of Canada
60.5 grams; balance point: 24.5 cm. Reid Hudson studied bow making with Joseph Kun before moving to Vancouver Island in 1980. This gold mounted bow is one of his finest and features a strong octagonal stick, ivory tip face and whalebone grip. The gold mounted ebony frog has a parisian eye. See www.reidhudson.com.
$6,000 Bow Frog
REID HUDSON Flag of Canada
59 grams; balance point: 25 cm. Reid’s gold bows have been very popular with customers. This beautiful bow has a fine round stick, real whalebone lapping and a gold tip face. The frog is of dark amber-coloured tortoise shell mounted with gold and holds great beauty. New condition. See www.reidhudson.com.
$6,000 Bow Frog
Faintly branded gold mounted violin bow
60 grams; balance point: 23 cm. The faint brand on this fine old bow is illegible, and it may be that the gold mountings are not original. It also appears that the ivory tip face is a replacement and there is no lining under the frog. This is a fine playing beautiful bow in excellent condition.
$5,000 Bow Frog
HILL Flag of UK
60 grams; length: 74.3 cm; balance point: 26 cm from the adjuster. From the shop of W. E. Hill & Sons, made by Albert Leeson (1904–1946).
Round stick with a silver tip face and replacement whalebone grip. Silver mounted ebony frog with plain sides and mother of pearl slide. Good condition with small repairs to the frog and handle.
$4,500 Bow Frog
HILL Flag of UK
62 grams; length: 74.4 cm; balance point: 25 cm from the adjuster. From the shop of W. E. Hill & Sons, dated 1927 under the frog and likely made by William G. Johnston (1860–1940).
Round stick with a silver tip face and replacement silver wire grip. Silver mounted ebony frog with plain sides and mother of pearl slide. Very good condition.
$4,500 Bow Frog
CUNIOT HURY Flag of France
58 grams; balance point: 23.5 cm. Eugene Cuniot-Hury (1861–1912) was a prolific Mirecourt maker who copied many styles, producing bows under the name of various Parisian shops as well as his own name, and at varying quality levels. This excellent example of a nickel mounted bow has a round stick with a good balance of strength and flexibility.
$4,000 Bow Frog
REID HUDSON Flag of Canada
60.5 grams; balance point: 24 cm. This bow is cut from the same board as the gold and tortoise shell bow above, and made to the same Dominique Peccatte design. However it has a silver mounted ebony frog and silver wire grip, and is priced accordingly. See www.reidhudson.com.
$4,000 Bow Frog
HILL Flag of UK
59.5 grams; balance point: 25 cm. This attractive bow from the Hill shop is original in all its parts including the whalebone grip. It was apparently made by Charles Legatt (1880–1917) though his maker’s mark on the silver tip face is very faint. The round stick is of moderate strength and the ebony frog and adjuster are silver mounted.
$3,500 Bow Frog
CHARLES BAILLY Flag of France
61.5 grams; balance point: 24.5 cm. This French violin bow from the shop of Louis Morizot was made for Charles Bailly of Mirecourt. The round stick has an ivory tip face and silver wire grip while the ebony frog is nickel mounted. This is a good playing stick in good condition, though the finishing is somewhat rough.
$3,000 Bow Frog
JOHN NORWOOD LEE Flag of USA
60 grams; balance point: 25 cm. A good gold mounted violin bow from this well known Chicago maker with fancy fittings and excellent wood.
$3,000 Bow Frog
F.K. MÜLLER, circa 1950 Flag of Germany
64 grams; balance point: 26 cm. F. K. Müller was a bow maker established in Bubenreuth, Germany in the middle of the 20th century. This bow is very strong and heavy and well made of excellent materials. A portrait of the maker is stamped on the side of the frog. It is in excellent condition.
$2,000 Bow Frog
ARCHIBALD S. HILL, Seattle, circa 1940 Flag of USA
58.5 grams; balance point: 24 cm. An interesting bow by this Australian-born violin and bow maker who worked in Seattle and was roundly applauded by William Henley in his Universal Dictionary. It is nicely made and mounted in silver, slightly light and flexible and in good condition. The ivory tip face is an apparent replacement, but no other repairs are visible.
$1,500 Bow Frog
Whitespace Violin Bows in 7/8 size
REID HUDSON Flag of Canada
56 grams; balance point: 22.5 cm. A fine silver mounted violin bow in 7/8 size from Reid Hudson of Duncan, BC. See www.reidhudson.com.
$4,000 Bow Frog
Whitespace Violin Bows in 3/4 size
REID HUDSON Flag of Canada
53 grams; balance point: 20.5 cm. A fine silver mounted violin bow in 3/4 size from Reid Hudson of Duncan, BC. See www.reidhudson.com.
$2,500 Bow Frog
Whitespace Other bows under $1,000
Whitespace We have several other good bows in the under $1,000 range. Please enquire.
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W.E.HILL & SONS Flag of UK ~ SOLD ~
60 grams; balance point: 24 cm. This fine gold and tortoise shell mounted bow from the Hill shop was made in 1962 and apppears virtually unplayed. It comes to us from the estate of a collector and is finely made and perfectly weighted and balanced. Sold with a certificate by Reid Hudson.
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JAS.TUBBS, circa 1880 Flag of UK ~ SOLD ~
60 grams; balance point: 24.5 cm. James Tubbs likely made this excellent bow after he left the Hill shop as he branded it with his name, but before he stopped putting pearl dots in his frogs. It has been much played and loved and recently had a small restoration to the frog including a new mother of pearl slide. The dark round pernambucco stick has a silver tip face and a new silver wire grip. Sold with a certificate by Reid Hudson.
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P. BLANCHARD À LYON Flag of France ~ SOLD ~
60 grams. This beautiful well-balanced and strong bow comes with a certificate stating it to be the work of C.N.Bazin of Mirecourt.
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REID HUDSON Flag of Canada ~ SOLD ~
60 grams; balance point: 23.5 cm. This gold and tortoise shell bow is a copy of a fine 19th century bow by Dominique Peccatte and is a departure from Reid’s earlier bows. The frog is higher, shorter and narrower and the graduation of the stick completely different as well. A fascinating bow. See www.reidhudson.com.
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G. CONÉ&FILS À LYON Flag of France ~ SOLD ~
62 grams; balance point: 25 cm. A fine violin bow attributed to the Mirecourt shop of Charles Alfred Bazin circa 1950 for the firm of George Coné & Fils, violin dealers in Lyon. The strong and slender octagonal stick is in excellent condition, though the ivory tip face has been replaced as well as the grip. The silver mounted ebony frog and adjuster are in very good original condition with minor wear.
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H & S Flag of UK ~ SOLD ~
62 grams; balance point: 25 cm. A violin bow from the shop of W. E. Hill & Sons, branded “H & S”
The maker’s marks on the tip face of this bow indicate that it is by William R. Retford and it is dated 1931 under the frog. This bow has a round stick of dark red-brown pernambucco wood with a silver tip face and a silver wire grip. The silver mounted ebony frog has a mother of pearl slide and dot. The adjuster is covered in silver with a dot in the end. There are no visible repairs, though the silver wire grip is not original to this bow.
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W E H & S Flag of UK ~ SOLD ~
59 grams; balance point: 24 cm. This is a good bow by Albert Leeson, one of the best makers in the shop of W.E. Hill & Sons. The round stick is of dark red/brown wood and quite strong, despite being not overly heavy. All parts are original except for the grip. It is in very good condition with some wear to the handle.
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REID HUDSON Flag of Canada ~ SOLD ~
58 grams; balance point: 25.5 cm. This bow has a round pernambucco stick, light red-brown in colour with an ivory tip face and imitation whalebone grip. It has a silver-mounted ebony frog with a mother-of-pearl slide and a Parisian eye. The one-piece adjuster is covered in silver. There are no visible defects or repairs. See www.reidhudson.com.
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T. VICTOR Flag of UK ~ SOLD ~
62 grams; balance point: 25 cm. Victor Thomassin was born in France and worked in England after 1900 using the stamp “T. VICTOR” to somewhat conceal his identity. The silver mounted frog, ivory tip face and silver tinsel grip are not original to this bow, but in an appropriate style. This is a healthy, strong and slightly heavy bow and is sold with a certificate by Reid Hudson.
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C. BAZIN Flag of France ~ SOLD ~
60 grams; balance point: 24 cm. From the shop of Charles Nicolas Bazin (1847–1915). This is an excellent, though unadorned bow of average workmanship with a strong round stick and typical Bazin style frog. Comfortable under the hand.
  Bow Frog
W E H & S    (Also stamped I799) Flag of UK ~ SOLD ~
61 grams; balance point: 24.5 cm. Sydney Yeoman (1876–1948) was a long serving member of the Hill shop and this bow is a fine example of a lower priced bow from his hands and is in excellent condition. The slender round stick is of moderately dark wood showing flexibility and some strength. An elegant bow, it has been the life long companion of a dedicated musician.
  Bow Frog
*ALBERT NURNBERGER* Flag of Germany ~ SOLD ~
57 grams; balance point: 24.5 cm. This fine bow by Albert Nurnberger, one of the most prominent German bow makers of the early 20th century, shows the wear and restoration of many years of playing, especially near the gold mounted ebony frog. The octagonal stick is light and strong.
  Bow Frog
SCHUBACK-DEVILLERS Flag of USA ~ SOLD ~
61.5 grams; balance point: 25 cm. Martin DeVillers is an award winning French bow maker who graduated from the school in Mirecourt in 1975. This beautiful and fine bow was made while working in Paul Schuback’s shop in Portland, Oregon 1975–1982. It has an octagonal stick with an ivory tip face and an imitation whalebone grip. The ebony frog and adjuster are mounted with gold and the adjuster is inlaid with shell. Excellent condition.
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E. HERRMANN Spacer Image ~ SOLD ~
58.5 grams; balance point: 25.5 cm. This bow was made for the New York firm of Emil Herrmann and is well crafted of the best materials. It is strong and stable and gives a dark sound to an instrument and yet is lighter than it seems in the hand. It is original in all its parts and in excellent condition. The octagonal stick has an ivory tip face and the grip is of black whalebone laid with a gold wire. The frog and adjuster are of ebony mounted with gold.
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J HEL A LILLE Flag of France ~ SOLD ~
59 grams; balance point: 22.5 cm. The Bazin shop supplied this bow to J. Hel, an important maker and dealer who worked in Lille from 1865 to 1902. It has a nickel mounted ebony frog and adjuster. All parts original except for the grip and in excellent condition.
Bow Frog
AUG. GEMUNDER & SONS Flag of Germany ~ SOLD ~
59.5 grams; balance point: 25 cm. August Gemünder (1814–1895) was born in Germany, moved to America in 1846 and founded the firm of Aug. Gemunder & Sons in New York in 1890. The firm was continued by his sons for many years and bows such as this were ordered from various German shops. It is an attractive and well made bow, the octagonal stick is slender and moderately strong.
Bow Frog
ROY G. QUADE Flag of Canada ~ SOLD ~
58.5 grams; balance point: 24 cm. Roy Quade is a prize winning bow maker who lives in Calgary. He was a student of William Salchow and has made bows for over 25 years. This present bow dates from the early 1990’s and is in excellent condition. It has an octagonal stick, ivory tip face and silver mounted frog and adjuster.
  Bow Frog
BERNARD P. WALKE Flag of Canada ~ SOLD ~
59.5 grams; balance point: 25 cm. Bernard Walke is a well-known Canadian bow maker working in Ottawa, and the brother of Gregory Walke whose instruments we have for sale as well. This example has a round stick with a silver tip face and silver mounted ebony frog. It is in excellent condition.
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ALBERT NURNBERGER Flag of Germany ~ SOLD ~
56 grams; balance point: 24 cm. This commercial German bow bearing the name of Albert Nurnberger was probably made circa 1950. It has a fine octagonal stick, nickel mounted ebony frog and adjuster, and is in very good condition.
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FRANCE (stamped behind frog) Flag of France ~ SOLD ~
63 grams; balance point: 24.5 cm. This good quality bow from an unknown Mirecourt shop circa 1930 is in very good condition. It is a strong round bow and slightly heavy. The nickel mounted ebony frog has a mother of pearl slide and dot and the adjuster is covered in nickel. The grip and the ivory tip face are replacements.
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BRIAN JOHNSON Flag of Canada ~ SOLD ~
60.5 grams; balance point: 23.5 cm. Brian Johnson is a player in the Regina Symphony who studied bow making with John Norwood Lee of Chicago. This bow is a typical example of his work with a dark brown octagonal stick and a silver mounted frog of ivory laminated to an ebony core. The frog and adjuster are decorated with abalone shell. It is in excellent condition.
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