On trial, £4,000
This 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.
Hill bows have a well-deserved reputation for quality of build, and they do wear very well. This particular bow is light and nervy while pulling a big sound – ideal for chamber music and earlier classical repertoire. It has a nice crunch to the sound, it’s very controllable off the string, and in encapsulates all the qualities people appreciate in Hill bows – versatility, reliability, control, and strength of tone.
Dimensions: Length 74.5cm, weight 5? grams
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