WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1910

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1910

This is a remarkable early Hill bow in gold and tortoiseshell made by Sydney Yeoman. It’s in exceptional condition for its age – a highly desirable collector’s item but also a great playing bow.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1880

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1880

Here we have a very attractive middle period James Tubbs violin bow, engraved DM/MD to the ferrule. Exceptional flamed pernambuco, a strong yet supple stick, and a gorgeous sound.
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Ferdinand Lantner Violin, Prague 1880

Ferdinand Lantner Violin, Prague 1880

As you probably know, we have something of a soft spot for the Prague makers, and we’re very pleased to have a violin by Ferdinand Lantner, a lesser known but very accomplished maker of the late 19th century. It has a couple of minor repairs but overall it’s an excellent reference example with an outstanding tone.
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FW Chanot Violin, London circa 1910

FW Chanot Violin, London circa 1890

FW Chanot belongs to a distinguished line of violin-makers and experts. This violin is a beautifully preserved del Gesu copy with a powerful and supremely well balanced tone.
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Antonius Pilaš Violin, Stará Paka 1944

Antonius Pilar Violin, Stará Paka 1944

Antonín Pilaš belonged to one of the great Czech violin-making dynasties, members of which are still active today. This is a very well preserved example of his wartime production – it’s a great sounding instrument with a big bright sound.
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A Fine Anonymous Violin, mid 19th Century

A Fine Anonymous Violin, mid 19th Century

This is a violin which has so far resisted all attempts at identification. Made in the copy style, most likely by the Dollenz family in Trieste, it’s an outstanding concert instrument with a rich, complex, bright voice.
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Torleiv Frøysaa Hardanger, Gjøvik 1910

Torleiv Frøysaa Hardanger, Gjøvik 1910

This is a fine Hardanger by the highly respected early 20th century maker Torleiv Frøysaa. It’s a beautiful sounding instrument with 4 sympathetic strings in good playing condition.
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Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1832

Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1832

Jacques Pierre Thibout is considered to be one of the best Parisian makers of the early 19th century. We have two violins of his at the moment, this one very much a player’s instrument with some minor restoration and a big bold sound.
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Vila Kužel Violin, Brno 1965

Vila Kužel Violin, Brno 1965

This is a very good modern Czech violin by Vilém Kužel. Meticulous craftsmanship on a Guarneri model, fine materials and an excellent sound.
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Julius Hubička Violin, Prague 1943

Julius Hubička Violin, Prague 1943

This is an exceptional example of the work of Julius Hubička, a highly productive but maddeningly inconsistent maker of the early 20th century. This particular violin ticks all the boxes – great sound, great condition, great price.
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Louis Gillet Viola Bow, Nancy circa 1940

Louis Gillet Viola Bow, Nancy circa 1940

Louis Gillet is best known for his collaboration with Eugène Sartory,. Here we have a very fine Sartory inspired viola bow in excellent condition, and with playing qualities very similar to a good Sartory.
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Karel Pilar Violin, Prague 1941

Karel Pilař Violin, Hradec Králové 1941

Karel Pilař is one of a small group of talented makers active in Prague and Czechoslovakia in the mid 20th century. This is a typical example of his Strad-inspired model in excellent condition – it’s an outstanding players’s violin with a powerful yet refined tone.
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Joseph Hel Violin, Lille 1889

Joseph Hel Violin, Lille 1889

This is a rare del Gesu copy by one of the most interesting of late 19th century French makers, Joseph Hel. It’s an unusually fine sounding example of this maker’s work in very good condition.
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Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

Here we have another excellent Paul Bailly from 1890 – it’s a very responsive instrument in excellent condition, and a great example of this maker’s work.
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JB Lefevbre Violin, Amsterdam 1760

This is a rare and very pretty violin by the 18th century Dutch maker Jacques Lefebvre – it’s a superb sounding instrument in good restored condition.
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Giuseppe Rocca Viola, Turin 1858

Giuseppe Rocca Viola, Turin 1858

This is a remarkable small viola by Giuseppe Rocca in a very pure state of preservation, and with a tonal quality that’s quite astounding for the size.
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Alberto Guerra Viola, Modena 1957

Alberto Guerra Viola, Modena 1957

Made by Alberto Guerra, this is an excellent yet affordable modern Italian viola of good proportions with a warm, fruity sound. It has a slightly “lived-in” appearance but is free from any condition issues.
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Marino Capicchioni Viola, Rimini 1954

Marino Capicchioni Viola, Rimini 1954

This is a fine Italian viola of ideal proportions made by Marino Capicchioni in 1954 – it’s an unusually attractive example in excellent condition, with a big and bold sound.
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Ansaldo Poggi Viola, Bologna 1954

Ansaldo Poggi Viola, Bologna 1954

Ansaldo Poggi is the most highy valued violinmaker of the 20th century, and here we have a rare viola in mint condition. An outstanding collector’s piece and a beautiful sounding instrument.
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Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow circa 1840

This is an exceptional bow by one of the greatest of the French makers, Etienne Pajeot. It plays beautifully and the condition is outstanding.

Mounts: nickel/ebony

Dimensions: length 74.5cm weight 58.8 grams

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Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

This is a unique early Sartory bow in superb condition – it’s a highly collectable bow but it also has a unique clarity of tone.

Mounts: silver/ebony

Dimensions: length 74.35cm, weight 61.5 grams

Certificate: Raffin-Le Canu-Bigot, Paris 2017 Eugene Sartory Violin Bow certificate

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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

EA Ouchard is probably the greatest of 20th century French makers, and this is the finest example we have seen. Gold mounted, spectacular wood, amazing condition, and most importantly a great player’s bow.
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FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

FX Tourte is without question the greatest maker in the history of bow-making. Here we have a terrific FX Tourte stick in excellent condition, with mounts of the period probably by Francois Lupot II.
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Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1875

Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1875

Paul Bailly is definitely the most interesting maker to have come out of the Vuillaume shop, and this is a typically bold creation of his based on del Gesu. It’s in excellent condition and has a full and responsive voice.
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HC Silvestre Workshop Violin, Paris, circa 1890

This is a lovely violin from the late 19th century bearing an authentic Silvestre label, but most likely a bought-in Mirecourt instrument. It has a terrific sound, and it would be ideal for a talented young player.
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A Fine Berlin Violin, circa 1920

A Fine Berlin Violin, circa 1920

This is a rather beautiful violin which used to be a Bisiach pretending to be a Guiseppe Rocca! It’s a great example of the early 20th century Berlin copy style with a very fine sound.
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A Fine Prague/Vienna Violin, circa 1800

This is an exceptional sounding insturment made around 1800 in the Prague/Vienna school. It’s one of the best sounding violins we have in stock, and worthy of a top level player.

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Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

Nicolas Simon (also known as Simon Fr.) is a superb maker whose life and origins are still poorly documented. All we can say with certainty is that he made exceptional bows broadly in the style of Peccatte.

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

This is a lovely late James Tubbs, an unusually strong and responsive stick for this maker, and in top condition.

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Tomáš Hulinzky Violin, Prague 1776

Tomáš Hulinzky Violin, Prague 1776

Hulinsky is one of the most interesting Prague makers of the 18th century, and this is a very refined example of his work. Beautiful craftsmanship, great wood, and a first class sound.
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Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Jean Persoit is one of the most hallowed names in bow-making, really the only maker to rival FX Tourte. Here we have a restored example that is nonetheless quite beautiful and an outstanding player’s bow.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1900

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1900

Everyone is familiar with the quality of Hill bows – here we have a very early silver and ivory example from around 1900 bearing the maker’s mark of William Johnston (first mark with vertical nicks). The sound is first class and the condition is unusually good.
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Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Lafleur is one of the great names in French bow-making, and this is a very fine early example of his work. Contemporary bow-makers would kill or maim to get their hands on this quality of pernambuco, dense, veined and beautifully flamed. The head is very artistic, a bell-like model which Pierre Simon championed in his work. Typical frog with 2-piece heel-plate, one single pin in the centre of the back plate.
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Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

This is the second bow we have by Hermann Prell, whose main claim to fame was the fact that he worked briefly for Sartory. Here we have a fine silver-mounted example in unblemished condition, and a great all-round player.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1959

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1959

There are Hill bows and Hill bows … and this is about as good as you can get, a chased gold and tortoiseshell fleur de lys bow in mint condition. And it plays!
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1957

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1957

This is a fine gold mounted Hill bow from 1957, the stick made by Arthur Copley. It’s in excellent condition and its playing qualities are quintessentially Hill – unpretentious and utterly reliable!
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Stephane Muller Viola Bow, Toulouse circa 1990

Stephane Muller Viola Bow, Toulouse circa 1990

This is a beautifully made viola bow by contemporary French maker Stéphane Muller, bearing the serial number 9589. The wood is outstanding, the condition is very good, and the sound is bold and solistic.

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Francois Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

Francois Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

François Peccatte, brother of Dominique, is a maker whose star is in the ascendant. His preference for nickel and for unusual woods has to some extent obscured the quality of his making, but this bow is stunning.
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G B Gaibisso Violin, Alassio 1949

G B Gaibisso Violin, Alassio 1949

This is a beautiful modern Italian violin by GB Gaibisso, a lesser known but very talented Ligurian maker. It’s in perfect condition and has a great sound.
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Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1915

Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1915

This is an exceptional bow by Alf Tubbs, dedicated to the 1900 the winner of the Stainer Prize, Dora Robins. Slightly short and light, what was described at the time as a “ladies’ bow”, nonetheless a terrific player and a uniquely collectable Tubbs.
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JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

Joseph Arthur Vigneron is for me something of an unsung hero. His bows are great musician’s tools, not refined like Voirin but still exceptionally well made. Here we have a fine example in excellent condition, also an outstanding player.
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Paolo De Barbieri Violin, Genoa 1946

Paolo De Barbieri Violin, Genoa 1946

Paolo de Barbieri is a highly respected maker, and a leading figure in the modern Geonese school. For most of his life he produced copies of the del Gesu Cannone, which was gifted to the city of Genoa by Paganini and can still be seen in the Palazzo Tursi. This violin is an unusually attractive example with a rich golden varnish and an outstanding concert tone.
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JS Finkel Viola Bow circa 1990

JS Finkel Viola Bow circa 1990

A very good Finkel “Lefin” viola bow, around 25-30 years old but in perect condition. It plays unusually well for the price, with a rounded, muscular tone and easy control off the string.
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Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1910 (mounts not original)

Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1910 (mounts not original)

Eugène Sartory is probably the most popular maker of all time, and his bows are the mainstay of professional musicians the world over. Here we have a very fine cello stick from his best period, very well preserved and of an ideal weight. The mounts are well-fitting copies, probably made for the bow.
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A Mittenwald Violin circa 1870

A Mittenwald Violin circa 1870

This is a good Mittenwald violin of the Neuner and Hornsteiner type, with a typical deep red varnish that’s slightly craquelled.
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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1970

This 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.
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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London 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.
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Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

Dominique Peccatte bows are highly prized for their playing qualities, and this one is a dream, strong yet supple in a uniquely 19th century way. The frog is also Dominique Peccatte but from another bow, and the price reflects this.
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Rodolfo Fredi Violin, Rome 1927

Rodolfo Fredi Violin, Rome 1927

Rodolfo Fredi was a prolific and successful maker. He produced violins of variying qualities – the better instruments are beautifully made and tonally outstanding. This example is his best quality of work, currently in excellent condition.
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Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1825

Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1825

Jacques-Pierre Thibout is perhaps the most artistic of the Parisian makers. He was a contemporary of Nicholas Lupot, and if he had made faithful Strad copies rather than pursuing his own model he would probably be the better known maker. Here we have a beautiful example in immaculate condition – definitely the finest Thibout I have seen and the best sounding too.
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Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow circa 1970

Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow circa 1970

Arthur Bultitude is a highly respected English maker who spent much of his working life at Hills. On leaving the Hill shop he specialised in exquisite bows with ornamental frogs such as this lovely viola bow.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1939

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1939

WE Hill & Son bows come in many grades and levels of quality, but this bow must be one of the the best examples. A great player’s bow too, and in unusually fine condition.
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