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

Recently sold

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


Gustav Prager Violin Bow, Schönlind circa 1930

Recently sold

Gustav Prager Violin Bow
I have a real soft spot for Gustav Prager, and particularly for the more ornamental bows that he made. At the moment we have two of his bows in the same model, with a shield motif on the frog and a decorative adjuster. 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


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

Recently sold

HR Pfretzschner Violin BowIt’s great to see the violin world finally waking up to the qualities of good German bows. There is absolutely no difference in quality of work or playability between fine French and German bows, and this Pfretzschner proves the point perfectly. Very elegant, made with superb materials, and a joy to use. 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


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1950

£4,000

WE Hill & Sons Violin BowThis is a lovely Hill bow from the late 1940s, bearing no maker’s mark on the face but probably the work of Arthur Brown. The bow is branded WE H&S – Hill bows were sorted into 4 grades before branding, WE H&S being the second level of quality. This example is in perfect condition, dead straight and without defect– it’s made of octagonal section dark brown pernambuco, and has plain ebony mounts with a silver ferrule and face. The frog is mounted with a full pearl slide and heel, and the adjuster is silver. More details


Emile F Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

£4,000

Emile F Ouchard Violin Bow
This is a great Ouchard stick with replacement mounts. Composite bows such as this one give a player the opportunity to buy a fine and fully functional stick at a bargain price. More details


Louis Morizot Violin Bow for Collin-Mézin, Mirecourt circa 1930

£4,500

Louis Morizot violin bow
Collin-Mézin is one of the best known names in the violin trade, and their violins show great artistry and attention to detail. The bows bearing the firm’s brand are equally desirable – the majority, like this one, made by the Morizot workshop in Mirecourt under the direction of Louis Morizot. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

Recently sold, £4,500

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
Sartory is without doubt the most popular maker of bows of any period and from any part of the world. His bows are highly sought after and the price just keeps going up! Here we have a “poor man’s Sartory”, in other words a great Sartory stick with a repaired head and replacement mounts. More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

£4,750

W E Hill Violin Bow
Hill bows are renowned for their reliability and quality of workmanship, and pre-WWII bows with the”WE Hill & Sons” brand are the most sought after. Here we have a very good example with its original whalebone lapping, in unusually fine condition. Branded “O” and “L” under the frog, probably the work of Arthur Scarbrow. More details


Louis Piernot Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

£5,000

Louis Piernot Violin Bow
This is an unusually good Piernot bow made for Chanot-Chardon and carrying their brand. It’s in exceptional condition and it plays beautifully. More details


Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910

£5,500

Albert Nürnberger Violin BowEveryone agrees, if you can’t afford a good French bow, get a Nürnberger! Still going strong after over 100 years, the bows from the turn of the century are becoming increasingly collectable. More details


Jean-Jacques Millant Violin Bow, Paris circa 1970

£5,500

Jean-Jacques Millant Violin Bow
This is a very fine Peccatte model violin bow by one of the most popular mid-20th century French makers. The stick is of round section orange pernambuco, the frog mounted in a semi-trench in the style of EA Ouchard. An exceptional bow in great condition. More details


Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

£6,000

Louis Morizot Violin Bow
Louis Morizot is a rather under-rated maker whose work can be quite outstanding. This bow is a great example in unusually fine condition. 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


Bernard Ouchard Violin Bow, Geneva circa 1960

£7,000

Bernard Ouchard Violin BowYou can recognize a Bernard Ouchard bow from a mile away – highly distinctive styling, beautiful workmanship, and always a touch of bling. Aside from being a very pretty object, this bow is an outstanding player which ticks all the boxes, and does great credit to its maker and to the illustrious Ouchard name. More details


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1970

£8,000

WE Hill & Sons Violin BowThis is a superb gold and tortoiseshell mounted Hill bow from the 1970s. The bow is branded WE Hill & Son, this brand being reserved for the best quality of sticks. However, we don’t need the brand to tell us what the quality of the bow is, since gold and tortoiseshell Hills are the pinnacle of their output. More details


Wilhelm Knopf Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1890

£8,000

Wilhelm Knopf Violin BowThis is a classic Knopf bow made for the firm of Ludwig Bausch in Leipzig. Many great bows were produced by this shop, either by the Bausch family themselves or by various members of the Knopf family. Johann Wilhelm Knopf (1835-1912) made bows under his own stamp, and from a study of these we are able to establish that he was responsible for this bow. Some general features of the Knopf school are immediately apparent – the massive plain pearl eye and the distinctive rounded cut to the adjuster collar are the most noticeable. The head with its Simon-like bell shape is specific to Johann Wilhelm.

The stick is finely worked orange pernambuco of round section, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition of the bow is excellent. 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

On trial, £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


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1935

£8,500

WE Hill and Sons Violin BowHill bows are loved the world over for their reliability and exquisite workmanship. Here we have a rare gold mounted Pajeot model bow, probably the work of Sydney Yeoman. 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


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


Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

£12,000

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow
Claude Thomassin is in my opinion one of the finest French makers of the turn of the century, and this is a superb example of his work in excellent condition. More details


Carl Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow, Berlin circa 1870

£12,500

Carl Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow
The Knopf family produced some of the finest bows of the 19th century, and Carl Heinrich’s work is particularly prized. This is a very fine example, the octagonal section stick of dark red pernambuco, with wide and bold chamfers to the head. The condition is excellent, even down to the original ivory face plate. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

Recently sold

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


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

£13,500

FN Voirin Violin Bow
Although Sartory is the name that seems to get most musicians’ pulses racing, talk to anyone who has really studied bows, either as a player or a maker, and it’s Voirin who walks away with first prize. 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


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

Recently sold, £14,500

Victor Fétique Violin Bow
Victor Fétique was a very prolific maker whose bows are consistently very good and sometimes outstanding. This is one of the outstanding ones! More details


EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

Recently sold

EA Ouchard Violin BowEmile Auguste Ouchard is just one of those names …! Everyone who has been around bows will look lively if you show them an EA Ouchard. His work is supremely neat, and the playability of his bows is second to none – while Sartory has the sexier name, EA Ouchard consistently produced better bows. More details


Georges Léon Lamy Violin Bow circa 1905

£17,500

Georges Léon Lamy Violin Bow
Around the turn of the 20th century there was no shortage of great bow-makers in Paris, but Lamy has always been a special name for me. I love the refinement of these bows and their extraordinary sound. They tend not to suit orchestral sluggers, but they have always been popular with players who value expression and nuance. More details


Nicolas Maline Violin Bow, Paris circa 1865

£18,000

Nicolas Maline violin bow
Nicolas Maline, also known confusingly as Guillaume Maline, is quite a maverick figure from the Golden period of French bow-making. Even his dates are disputed, as is the question of whether or not he worked for Vuillaume. However, his work is unique and distinctive, and of the highest quality. 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


Hippolyte Camille Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

£19,500

H C Lamy Violin BowThis is a very fine Lamy Fils in near pristine condition, stamped A Lamy A Paris. Lamy bows have always been popular with players, and this particular bow would be pretty hard to beat for sound or for technical quality. The stick is of round section red brown pernambuco, with silver and ebony mounts. The bow is an exceptional piece for a collector, and retains its original tinsel lapping and thumb leather. The condition is pretty much mint – so much so that I have hesitated to even buff up the silver! Yes it’s not cheap, but you will never see another Lamy in this kind of condition. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

£20,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
James Tubbs is a delightfully inconsistent maker. The floppy bows he made for the “Maids of Mayfair” are best consigned to the dustbin, but his best sticks would bear comparison with the finest French bows ever made. This is an outstanding gold-mounted example from his most sought-after period, in near-mint condition. The wood is exceptional, the engraved ferrule is a treat, and the playing qualities are unbeatable. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

£27,000

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
Sartory is without doubt the most popular maker of bows of any period and from any part of the world. His bows are highly sought after and the price just keeps going up! Here we have a very strong late-period Sartory in excellent condition. More details


Pierre Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

£35,000

Pierre Simon Violin Bow
I suppose that most people’s list of “French bows to die for” would read Dominique Peccatte, Joseph Henry, Pierre Simon, FN Voirin in that order. There are more beautifully made bows, there are more historic bows, but these four makers have stood the test of time when it comes to their reputation amongst great players. More details


Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Recently sold

Etienne Pajeot Violin BowEtienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. A fine Pajeot is eminently suitable for modern technique, though the strength of the sticks makes them particularly suitable for soloists. More details


Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris circa 1825

£45,000

Etienne Pajeot Violin BowEtienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. A fine Pajeot is eminently suitable for modern technique, though the strength of the sticks makes them particularly suitable for soloists. More details


Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris 1820-1825

£50,000

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Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. This particular bow is an exceptionally well preserved early example and is highly collectable. More details


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

£65,000

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
A superb Dominique Peccatte violin bow in fine pernambuco, mounts of silver and ebony. Some minor restoration and a replacement button – a fantastic example at a great price. More details


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