Fine violin bows £2,500 to £5,000

Our current selection of fine violin bows in this price range. Suitable for professional players and chosen for all-round playing ability and tone.

Here are links to violin bows under £2,500 and violin bows over £5,000

Roger Francois Lotte Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950 (later mounts)

£2,500

Roger Francois Lotte Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950This is a classic Mirecourt bow made by Roger Francois Lotte, branded Georges Coné & Fils Lyon. Lotte supplied a lot of unbranded bows like this to French violin-makers such as Coné. The mounts are not typical of Lotte – although they are a perfect fit and of fine quality, it seems wise to assume they aren’t original. The stick is of round section red pernambuco – the wire lapping appears original and everything is in excellent condition. More details


Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow for Chanot, circa 1920

£2,500

Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow for Chanot, circa 1920

This is a lovely Markneukirchen bow made for the London firm of Chanot by the Nürnberger workshop. The head and the pinning of the underslide are identical to this authentically branded Nürnberger. The stick is of round section mid-brown pernambuco, mounts are of silver and ebony. The condition is excellent. More details


Cousenon Bernardel Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£2,750

Cousenon Bernardel Violin Bow,  Mirecourt circa 1930
This is a very good silver-mounted Mirecourt bow stamped Leon Bernardel Paris. This brand was owned by the Cousenon firm, but most likely the bow was supplied by the Laberte workshops. Typical French features include the cuts to the corners of the ferrule and the visible transition from octagonal to round section beyond the end of the lapping. More details


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow circa 1940

£3,500

WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow circa 1940
This a lovely Hill bow by Arthur Copley, silver mounted, and with its original whalebone lapping. Although it bears the WE Hill & Son stamp reserved for their best bows, it’s a bit tatty here and there, hence the bargain price. There are no significant condition issues, but the frog is chipped and has a repaired crack, the stick’s a bit nibbled here and there, and the silver face plate is slightly dented. More details


James Dodd Violin Bow, London circa 1850

£4,500

James Dodd Violin Bow, London circa 1850
This is a fine violin bow by James Dodd from the middle of the 19th century. It’s very typical – great pernambuco, octagonal section stick with a large sculptural head sweeping upwards, slightly tilted frog with no backplate etc. The bow is silver-mounted, and the head has its original silver face. More details


Michael J Taylor Violin Bow for Ealing Strings, London circa 1989

£4,750

Michael J Taylor Violin Bow for Ealing Strings, London circa 1989I’m a big fan of Michael Taylor’s bows – I always like them, but this one is exceptional. It bears the serial number 1712 under the frog, and according to Michael this dates it to around 1989. It’s something of a luxury bow, with superbly flamed pernambuco in octagonal section and gold/tortoiseshell mounts. The condition is near perfect, with one very careful owner who bought it new from Ealing Strings. More details


Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, circa 1920

£4,750

Albert Nürnberger circa 1920
This is a fine Nürnberger violin bow from the 1920s with beautiful silverwork and a delicate Viorin model head. It’s in excellent condition apart from some minor wear to the handle – the stick is of lightly figured orange-brown octagonal section pernambuco. Nürnbergers are in my view the most dependable playing bows around, and if they weren’t German they would be pricier than Sartorys. This example has the typical warm and cushioned feel – imperturbable on the string, sprightly and clean off the string, with the balance point slightly towards the heel. More details


Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1890

£5,000

Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1890This is a very nice lightweight Albert Nürnberger from around 1890. Although it carries an 1878 brand, Klaus Grünke tells me that this doesn’t relate to the year of manufacture. It also bears a Wurlitzer brand, indicating that it was made for or sold by Wurlitzer in New York. The stick is of round section lightly flamed chocolate brown pernambuco, with a distinctly French transition from octagonal to round; the frog is silver-mounted. All parts are original and the condition is excellent More details


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