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

Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1960

£1,750

Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow
Few bowmakers can have enjoyed such a long career as Gotthard Schuster. He began his apprenticeship aged 15, and was still making bows almost 70 years later …! More details


Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970

£2,100

Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow
Gotthard Schuster (1903-1987) was a very fine craftsman who enjoyed a long association with Rembert Wurlitzer in New York. This bow is a pristine example of his work. More details


Charles Claude Husson Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880 (restored)

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Charles Claude Husson Violin Bow
Charles Claude Husson was a superb maker of the late 19th century – he remains largely unknown because he mainly produced bows for other people such as Vuillaume, FN Voirin and Gand & Bernardel. Bows with his own stamp are extremely rare. 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


Richard Grünke Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965

£4,500

Richard Grünke Violin Bow
An exceptional gold-mounted bow by one of the most esteemed German makers of the 20th century. 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


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

On trial, £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 re the most sought after. Here we have a very good example with its original whalebone lapping, in unusually fine condition. 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


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


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£6,000

Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow
We always try to keep a few bows by Ouchard Père in stock. His work is very dependable and quite undervalued. 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


Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£6,500

Louis Bazin Violin Bow
The 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. 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


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. 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. 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


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£9,500

E F Ouchard Violin Bow
Another superb bow by this fine French maker. Ouchard apprenticed with 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. 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


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

£12,500

Victor Fétique Violin Bow
Victor Fétique set up his workshop in 1913, and ran a busy and successful business for the next 20 years. Although much of the work was carried out by apprentices or outworkers, his own bows such as this one are amongst the best bows of the early 20th century. More details


Carl Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow, Berlin circa 1870

On trial, £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 good example with a certificate from Isaac Salchow. 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”. More details


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

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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


Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1887

£16,000

Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow
There are very few makers about whom you could say that their bows always work, but Vigneron is one of them! I have yet to come across a bad one. Very accomplished in craftsmanship and in technical quality, they are eternally popular! More details


James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1870

£16,500

James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow
A good Tubbs is a thing of wonder, and this one is exceptional. Made for WE Hill and branded to the stick and the frog, this is very fine work from Tubbs’ early period. 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

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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


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860

£42,500

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte is widely regarded as the greatest bow-maker of all time – his bows show unusual flair and workmanship, and they are unsurpassed in technical quality. 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


Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

£90,000

Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow
Tourte is without question the most prestigious name in the history of bow-making. While FX Tourte was largely responsible for the design of bow that we recognize today, his older brother NL or “Tourte l’Ainé” was equally revolutionary. More details


Jean Pierre Marie Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1825

£100,000

Persoit Violin Bow
This is a superb silver and ivory mounted bow by one of the greatest makers of all time, highly collectable and a wonderful playing stick for a soloist. More details


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