Violin Bows

This is a list of all the violin bows for sale on the website, including contemporary and antique violin bows – chosen for all-round playing ability and tone.

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

Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK

£900

New Brazilian Violin Bow,This is a very blingy Tourte model bow made from excellent Brazilian pernambuco, assembled and finished by Alecio Luiz Dos Reis, a young Brazilian maker living in the UK. It represents excellent value for money. The stick is of dark brown round section pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. More details


Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK

£1,150

Pernambuco Violin BowThese new bows are made from high quality Brazilian pernambuco, and are assembled and finished by Alecio Reis, a young Brazilian maker living in the UK. This example has a plain ebony frog – the stick is round section. More details


Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK

£1,150

Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK These new bows are made from high quality Brazilian pernambuco, and are assembled and finished by Alecio Reis, a young Brazilian maker living in the UK. This example has a Hill-style unlined ebony frog – the stick is round section. More details


Pillot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

£1,350

Pillot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920
This is a relatively modest Mirecourt bow stamped Pillot which plays superbly. The stick is of deep red pernambuco, mounts are ebony and nickel. The condition is excellent throughout, with the exception of the ebony collar of the adjuster which has two small cracks. More details


Cuniot-Hury Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

£1,700

Cuniot-Hury Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920This is a very good Cuniot-Hury made by Emile F. Ouchard, who apprenticed with Eugene Cuniot-Hury and then took over the workshop in 1912. The model is characterized by a tall narrow head and a frog with a rounded heel – the plain adjuster of slightly greater diameter than the stick is also typical. The output of this workshop is vary varied in quality, but this is a lovely example, finely worked and with good wood. More details


Jacques Poullot Violin Bow, Dijon 2015

£2,250

Jacques Poullot Violin Bow,  Dijon 2015This is a new bow by contemporary French maker Jacques Poullot. Like so many of the new wave of French makers, Poullot studied under Bernard Ouchard, but he is a highly respected maker in his own right. The bow we are offering for sale is his ‘Special Atelier’ model with a plain pearl eye, stick of round section red pernambuco, and sliver and ebony mounts. More details


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, London circa 1930 (Frank Napier)

£3,500

Frank Napier violin bowThis is a classic Hill bow from the 1920s. Branded simply “Hill”, and a bit more economical on the mounts than the pricier models, it’s nonetheless a great bow which has stood the test of time. Frank Napier was the son of William Napier, also a bow-maker at Hills – he apprenticed in the shop and worked for a decade or so before becoming a scientific instrument maker. 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


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

Recently sold

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, 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


Franz Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen c 1910

£6,000

Franz Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910This is a very fine early 20th century Tourte model Nürnberger bow, bearing a “Saxony” brand on the underside of the stick behind the frog. The stick is of octagonal section red-brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is exceptional, with no issues to report. More details


Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£6,000

Louis Bazin Violin Bow,  Mirecourt circa  1930The Bazin family were one of the most important dynasties in French bow-making. Although their workshop output was massive (and massively inconsistent), the best work from Charles Nicholas Bazin and Louis Bazin is right up there. Many regard Louis as the best maker in the family, and this particular bow is a splendid example. More details


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£8,000

Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930This is one of two superb bows we have by this fine French maker. Ouchard apprenticed to Eugène Cuniot, and ended up running the firm of Cuniot-Hury after Cuniot’s death in 1910. From 1923 onwards, Ouchard worked under his own name along with his son Emile Auguste.

This is a very typical example of Ouchard’s work, with a rounded heel, finely tapered pearl slide, and his most classical head. The wood is beautifully flamed orange-brown pernaumbuco, round section, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is excellent. More details


Auguste Barbé Violin Bow for Gand & Bernardel, Paris circa 1890

£8,000

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow for Gand & Bernardel, Paris circa 1890Auguste Barbé is a highly respected maker who worked exclusively for Gand & Bernardel, and whose bows are regarded as equal to those of FN Voirin. Gand & Bernardel employed some of the great names in French bow-making (Joseph Henry and Pierre Simon perhaps the most famous), and their output was of the highest quality. This bow is typical of their later period, branded simply Gand & Bernardel rather than Gand & Bernardel Fres indicating a post-1885 date. The stick is of excellent orange-brown pernambuco, the frog is ebony with silver mounts. The head is exquisitely worked and vey artistic. More details


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£8,500

Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925The second of two superb bows we have by this fine French maker, this is a unique and collectable bow. Ouchard apprenticed to Eugène Cuniot, and ended up running the firm of Cuniot-Hury after Cuniot’s death in 1910. From 1923 onwards, Ouchard worked under his own name along with his son Emile Auguste.

This is a very interesting and stylish bow with a Vuillaume-style trench frog – Pierre Guillaume considers it an unusually fine example of Ouchard’s work. The wood is dark brown round section pernaumbuco of high quality, mounts are silver and ebony. The bow is in excellent condition. More details


Karl Moritz Knopf Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1860

£9,000

Knopf Violin BowThis is a superb collectable bow by one of the most obscure members of the Knopf bow-making dynasty, which dominated the German trade in the 19th century. I’ve gradually become aware of the spectacular playing qualities of good Knopf bows, mainly on the context of the bows made for Kittel and for the great mid/late 19th century firms such as Ludwig Bausch and Richard Weichold. But this bow is a stand-out – in near mint condition, with an excellent certificate, and with fantastic playing qualities. More details


Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow, Dresden circa 1865

Recently sold

Heinrich Knopf Violin BowThis is a superb mid-19th century bow by the most renowned of all German makers, Carl Heinrich Knopf. Knopf is best known as the principal maker behind Kittel bows, though he also produced in quantity for Bausch, and sold under his own brand. This particular bow is a Tourte model made for Richard Weichold, and carrying his brand, along with the well-known “Imitation De Tourte” brand. The stick is of dark chocolate-brown octagonal section pernambuo with silver and ebony mounts in the manner of Tourte. The condition is pretty flawless apart from a miniscule piece of ebony missing from the back of the underslide and a split in the outer ring of the adjuster. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

£9,500

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910We always try to keep a couple of James Tubbs violin bows on the website – perhaps that gives a clue as to how I rate him as a maker! His model is individual and very distinctive with long buttons, long rounded ferrules, the head broad and elegant, always with a silver face. This example from Tubbs’ later period is typical – very dark brown pernambuco, silver and ebony mounts, the plain ebony frog with its square heel characteristic of the period. The stick is in great condition – there’s a bit of scratching to the player side of the frog and handle, and the pearl slide is a replacement, otherwise no issues. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

Recently sold

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910We currently have 3 good James Tubbs violin bows on the website – perhaps that gives a clue as to how I rate him as a maker! His model is individual and very distinctive with long buttons, long rounded ferrules, the head broad and elegant, always with a silver face. This example from Tubbs’ later period is in superb condition – excellent mid-brown pernambuco of round section with lovely figure, silver and ebony mounts, the plain ebony frog with its square heel characteristic of the period. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

£12,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow,  London circa 1890

I have to admit that I’ve woken up rather belatedly to the qualities of a fine Tubbs. The wood in his bows is very variable, and some seem just too soft or light to be useful. But the bows he made with strong and dense wood like this one are amazing. His model is individual and very distinctive with long buttons, long rounded ferrules, the head broad and elegant, always with a silver face. More details


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860 (mounts not original)

Recently sold

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860For most players who have had the use of a good Voirin, there’s no turning back. He is without doubt the greatest maker of the later 19th century, and the model he developed became the definitive model, copied and re-interpreted by pretty much every bowmaker since. Like so many of the greats, Voirin spent time in the Vuillaume shop, and this is one of the bows he made there (stamped JB Vuillaume). It follows the bold pattern of Pierre Simon, but with some nebulous extra refinement or elegance. The stick is of dark chocolate pernambuco with a lovely wild flame – the mounts are of the period but not original to the stick. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

£12,500

James Tubbs Violin BowThis is an outstanding later period Tubbs bow in great condition. The round section stick is of dark red-brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The frog is plain and the adjuster slightly shorter than on a middle period bow. It’s quite rare to see a Tubbs in this sort of condition – there’s minimal wear to the stick and the frog, and all the silver is crisp and undamaged. More details


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

£13,500

Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920Victor Fétique was an extremely productive maker – the first half of his working life was spent in the employ of CN Bazin and Caressa & Francais, subsequently he ran a busy workshop in his own name, and in 1925 received the honour of “Premier Archetier de France”. Fétique stamped bows are a bit of a nightmare, since his workshop bought in and finished some sticks from Markenukirchen, and the German makers in turn faked his brand. Fétique also made a large number of unbranded bows for other dealers or violin-makers. The only way through this morass is to entrust the identification to an expert, and in this case JF Raffin has confirmed that the bow is entirely the work of Victor Fétique, though sold by and branded Paul Jombar Paris. More details


JA Vigneron (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

Recently sold

JA Vigneron (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900Joseph-Arthur Vigneron is another of the great names in French bow-making. Like so many of the better late 19th century makers he worked for Gand & Bernardel before setting up on his own. He developed his own very successful model, rather more masculine than Voirin or Lamy, balanced a bit more to the heel, and with very exaggerated chamfers to the head. This is a typical example of his work – it was the much-loved first bow of a retired professional. More details


Joseph Alfred Lamy (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£18,000

Joseph Alfred Lamy (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895This is a very fine Joseph Alfred Lamy in excellent condition, stamped A Lamy à Paris. Lamy worked for FN Voirin until the latter’s death in 1885, then set up on his own producing bows of superb quality. This bow dates from Lamy’s earlier period – the plain eye set far back in the frog is typical of his work at this time. But unlike some bows from this period, this example has a strong stick and a perfect weight. Very much the ideal Lamy, it has a great sound, great technical quality and optimal antique value. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910Eugène Sartory is without question the most highly respected bowmaker of the 20th century, and this is in all respects a perfect example of his work. It’s in pristine condition, with its original lapping and ivory face, and it’s an ideal weight at 62 grams. Much has been written about Sartory’s genius, but essentially you could reduce this down to two observations – his work is outstandingly precise, and his understanding of the needs of modern players has not been surpassed. More details


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