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Louis Thomassin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1895

£17,500

Louis Thomassin Cello Bow
This is a rare cello bow by Louis Thomassin, co-worker and successor to FN Voirin. It’s a beautiful example of his work and in fine condition. More details


Marcel Lapierre Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950

£5,250

Marcel Lapierre Viola Bow
This is a particularly nice example of Marcel Lapierre’s work – made with unusually fine wood, and with excellent playing qualities. More details


Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

£27,000

Jean Persoit Violin Bow
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. More details


EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£12,000

EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow
Here is another showing “collaboration” bow, made in the workshop of EF Ouchard but the hand of his son EA Ouchard. Made for Lucien Schmidt of Grenoble, this is a very high quality stick with an excellent playing character. Very good condition too.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1900

£11,500

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Johnston
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. More details


Mars Auguste Husson Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

£15,000

Mars Auguste Husson Violin Bow
This is a very fine and rare ivory-mounted bow by Auguste Husson, a Parisian maker of the early 20th century. It’s in excellent condition and is a top class player. More details


Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1835

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Georges Chanot Violin
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Gand & Bernardel Violin, Paris 1866

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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1885

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FN Voirin Violin Bow
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Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

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Joseph Henry Violin Bow
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Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

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Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
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Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

£35,000

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow
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. More details


FN Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1875

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FN Voirin Viola Bow
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Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

£4,750

Hermann Prell Violin Bow
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. More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1959

£12,000

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
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! More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1957

£8,000

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
This is a fine gold mounted Hill bow from 1957, the stick made by Arthur Copley. It’s in immaculate condition and its playing qualities are quintessentially Hill – unpretentious and utterly reliable! More details


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

£8,250

HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow
This is a rare and exquisite gold and tortoiseshell HR Pfretzschner from around 1920. It’s in excellent condition and it plays beautifully with a muscular warm sound.
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Stephane Muller Viola Bow, Toulouse circa 1990

£5,250

Stephane Muller Viola Bow
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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Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow for JB Vuillaume, Paris circa 1870

£20,000

Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow
This is a very nice Vuillaume bow made by JJ Martin around 1870. Built on a typcial Vuillaume model, it’s a very attractive bow with a huge sound. More details


Francois Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

£45,000

Francois Peccatte Violin Bow
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. More details


Noel Burke Viola Bow, Carlow, 2018

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G B Gaibisso Violin, Alassio 1949

£47,500

GB Gaibisso ViolinThis 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. More details


Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1915

£12,000

Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow
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. More details


JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£17,500

JA Vigneron Violin Bow
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. More details


Paolo De Barbieri Violin, Genoa 1946

£52,500

Paolo De Barbieri ViolinPaolo 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. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1915

£47,500

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
This is a spectacular gold mounted Sartory in excellent condition, and with the playing qualities you would expect from this maker’s best work. More details


JS Finkel Viola Bow circa 1990

£950

JS Finkel Viola Bow
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. More details


Johannes Franciscus Cuypers (II) Violin, Amsterdam circa 1840

£32,500

Johannes Franciscus Cuypers (II) ViolinJohannes Franciscus Cuypers (II) was the last in a long line of Dutch makers. All Cuypers instruments share very similar traits, and all are highly prized for their superb tonal qualities. This is a lovely and fine sounding example in great condition. More details


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

£28,000

Eugène Sartory Cello Bow
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. More details


Michael Taylor Viola Bow, Ealing Strings 1989

£5,000

Michael Taylor Viola Bow
This is a very fine Peccatte model viola bow made by Michael Taylor for Ealing Strings. The property of a professional player, it’s in excellent condition and draws a big sound. More details


A Mittenwald Violin circa 1870

£4,000

Mittenwald ViolinThis is a good Mittenwald violin of the Neuner and Hornsteiner type, with a typical deep red varnish that’s slightly craquelled. More details


A Mittenwald Small Viola circa 1830

£5,000

Mittenwald Small ViolaThis is a very attractive small viola made in Mittenwald in the early 1800s. It’s in good condition and it has surprisingly warm and full sound. More details


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1970

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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. More details


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1940

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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


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

£80,000

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
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. More details


Louis Lowendall Violin, Dresden circa 1900

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Rodolfo Fredi Violin, Rome 1927

£50,000

Rodolfo Fredi ViolinRodolfo 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. More details


Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1825

£45,000

Jacques-Pierre Thibout ViolinJacques-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. More details


George Wulme Hudson Violin, London 1909

£23,500 On trial

George Wulme Hudson ViolinGeorge Wulme Hudson is one of the great English copyists, and this fine Stradivari copy is one of the nicest instruments we have seen from him. It’s in near mint condition, and it has an outstanding concert tone. More details


James Steele Violin, London 1924

£6,000

James Steele ViolinThis is a lovely English violin in the tradition of Joseph Chanot. It’s in pretty much flawless condition and the sound is just great. More details


Günter Paulus Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1980

£1,850

Günter Paulus Violin Bow
Günter Paulus belongs to a large family of bow-makers stretching back to the 19th century. We have sold a number of his bows – all have been of the highest quality and excellent players. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1898

£18,000

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
This is a very fine Sartory in excellent condition. The stick is almost a centimetre longer than normal, hence the bargain price. Ideal for a taller player! More details


Ludovico Rastelli Violin, Genoa circa 1870

£60,000

Ludovico Rastelli ViolinThis is a very charming late 19th century Italian violin by the rare Genoese maker Ludovico Rastelli. It’s entirely free from cracks and has a muscular, beautifully balanced sound. More details


Jean Grand Adam Cello Bow, Paris circa 1850

£48,500 On trial

Jean Grand Adam Cello Bow
Jean “Grand” Adam is a maker whose genius has only recently been acknowledged. Here we have an excellent stick dating from around 1850, fitted with new copy mounts. More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1939

£5,750

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
This is a beautifully preserved Hill bow from 1939 with outstanding tone and playability. More details


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1885

£7,500

HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow
This is a rare early Pfretzschner with some unusual features, made as a copy of an earlier French bow. A great bow for classical repertoire, with a beautiful and luminous tone. More details


A Mirecourt 7/8 Violin, Poirsons Label, 1914

£1,350

Mirecourt 7/8 ViolinThis is a fine sounding Mirecourt 7/8 violin, ideal for a smaller player, and very affordable. More details


Carl Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

£5,750

Carl Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow
Another lovely Tourte-model Carl Albert Nürnberger, this one from the 1920s but already exhibiting all the typical features. Lighter than many but still a firm stick with a full sound. More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1939

£9,000

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
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. More details


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1890

£5,750

HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow
This is a fine early Pfretzschner in very good condition – a beautiful piece of bow-making and a phenomenal player. More details


Charles Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1960

£4,500

Charles Bazin Violin Bow
Charles Bazin was the last of a long line of Mirecourt makers, working alongside his father Louis Bazin for most of his life. He was a very consistent maker, and this bow is a superb player as you would expect. More details


Carl Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930

£6,000

Carl Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow
This is a classic 1930s Nürnberger bow in mint condition, and a very solid player drawing a big tone More details


Adolf Christian Nürnberger Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1880

£9,500

Adolf Christian Nürnberger Cello Bow
This is an exceptional cello bow by a very rare maker, not to be confused with Albert Nürnberger. Made from first-class pernambuco reminiscent of FX Tourte wood, and in excellent condition. More details


Jerome Thibouville-Lamy Violin, Mirecourt 1905

£7,250

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy ViolinJerome Thibouville-Lamy, or JTL, is one of the best-known names in the violin trade. The JTL mega-workshops in the Vosges produced hundreds of thousands of violins from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Mostly these were student violins which have remained popular on account of their excellent sound. But they also produced beautiful handmade “violons de maitre”, most likely the work of Alfred Acoulon – these were signed and numbered, and sold at the time for 10 times the price of their ever-popular Barnabetti-labelled instruments. More details


Jean Pierre Marie Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

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Fritz Müller Cello Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1960

£2,750

Fritz Müller Cello Bow
This is a rather superior modern German bow with decorative mounts – it’s a stiff and powerful stick in a shorter length, ideal for a smaller player. More details


Emile F. Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£7,000

Emile F. Ouchard Violin Bow
Emile Ouchard is one of the more undervalued of French makers, largely because he worked in Mirecourt rather than Paris. Here we have a very nice and typical example in excellent condition. More details


A French Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

£2,500

French Viola Bow
This is a lovely French viola bow of the Ouchard/Cuniot-Hury type, made in Mirecourt around 1930. Quite light in weight but packing a punch, this is a very versatile bow which draws a full and elegant sound. More details


August Rau Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1935

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Luigi Salsedo Violin, 1928

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Luigi Salsedo Violin“Luigi Salsedo” instruments are well known in the UK, and have always been well regarded for their excellent tonal properties. This is a typical example in excellent condition, with a rich and powerful sound. More details


Friedrich Lohmann Violin, Buxtehude 1951

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Joannes Havelka Violin, Linz circa 1770

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Caspar Strnad Violin, Prague circa 1790

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Caspar Strnad Violin
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Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1884

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Charles Adolphe Gand Violin, Paris 1846

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Charles Adolphe Gand Violin
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Carl Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

£5,000

 Carl Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow
Carl Albert Nürnberger was one of the third generation of bowmakers from this important German family. His work is very accomplished and quite distinctive, particularly the bold Parisian eyes and the use of plain mother of pearl. More details


Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

£40,000

Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow
Étienne Pajeot is one of the most important figures in the history of bow-making. This example is a top class player’s bow in very fine condition The original frog is an experimental open ebony frog – we are offering the bow with an additional and more workable copy frog made by Yannick Le Canu. More details


Tino Lucke Violin Bow, Berlin 2006

£7,000

Tino Lucke Violin Bow
Tino Lucke is a highly respected modern maker whose bows are in great demand amongst players. Here we have a beautiful example of his work in mint condition. More details


James Tubbs Viola Bow, London circa 1870

£18,000

James Tubbs Viola Bow
This is a great early James Tubbs viola bow made for WE Hill whose brand it bears. It’s in a very fine state of preservation and it’s an unusually versatile player. More details


William Tubbs Viola Bow, London circa 1860

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Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1830

£60,000

Georges Chanot ViolinGeorges Chanot is widely regarded as one of the greatest French makers, with a very personal style and a great reputation for tone. This example is an early Strad model, very artistic and with a phenomenal sound. More details


K. Gerhard Penzel Violin Bow, Erlbach circa 1980

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JTL Violin, Mirecourt circa 1895

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Wilhelm Knopf Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1870

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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

£25,000

FN Voirin Violin Bow
FN Voirin is one of the few genuinely important makers, and here we have an unusually fine example of his work in excellent condition. It’s also a very strong stick with superb playing qualities. More details


James & John Simpson Viola, London circa 1780

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Rod Ward Viola, Cambridge 2005

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Nicolaus Georg Skomal Violin, Graz 1804

£15,000

Nicolaus Georg Skomal ViolinNicolaus Skomal was a Prague maker who lived and worked in Graz, Austria, producing violin family instruments as well as guitars and lutes. This violin is beautifully made exhibiting great skill, and the sound is first class. More details


A Good Mittenwald Violin, circa 1820

£8,500

A Good Mittenwald ViolinThis is a lovely Mittenwald “Verleger” violin in outstanding condition, with a bright zingy sound that’s full of character. More details


Gustav Lütschg Violin, Bern 1927

£10,000

Gustav Lütschg ViolinGustav Lütschg was a fine Swiss maker, pupil of and successor to Gustav Methfessel. This violin is a lovely example of his work in near-perfect condition, with a rich and slightly dark sound. More details


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

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Antonio Rovetta Violin, Brescia 1898

£8,500

Antonio Rovetta ViolinThis is a lovely and idiosyncratic late 19th century Italian violin bearing an authentic label and brand from Antonio Rovetta. It’s a great sounding instrument and very affordable … More details


Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1876

£35,000

Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre ViolinThe Silvestre family were at the heart of French violin-making in the 19th century, with strong connections to Gand and Vuillaume – to my mind HC Silvestre was the most successful maker in the family. Here we have a beautiful HC Silvestre in near-mint condition and with a top-class concert sound. More details


Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

£55,000

Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz VioliFor a long time Giovanni Dollenz’s rare ability as a maker has been attributed to some connection with Storioni – such stories sell violins! Whatever his influences, he was a maker with a dashing and individual style. The violins in the 1850s were made in collaboration with his son Giuseppe, who is regarded as in every way the equal of his father. More details


Gand & Bernardel Viola, Paris 1888

£45,000

Gand & Bernardel ViolaGand & Bernardel were the largest and most prestigious Parisian workshop of the late 19th century. To a great extent they took on the mantle of JB Vuillaume, adopting similar working practices, employing excellent makers and also producing beautiful bows. More details


Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow, New York circa 1950

£19,000

Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow
Emile Auguste Ouchard is one of the most highly valued bow makers of the 20th century. His style is individual and very precise, and the playing qualities of his bows are rarely surpassed. Many professionals use an EA Ouchard. This fine viola bow from his New York period is a very good example, powerful yet responsive and with a huge sound. More details


Pierre Simon Cello Bow, Paris circa 1860

£60,000

Pierre Simon Cello Bow
Pierre Simon is one of the great bowmakers of the mid 19th century, closely associated with Dominique Peccatte and Joseph Henry, but working in his own distinctive manner. Simon bows engender a quite fanatical devotion on the part of their owners – their combination of robustness and agility is unique.

This bow is a composite – all by Simon, but the mounts from another bow. There are some signs of use but generally the bow is in excellent condition. More details


Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890

£25,000

Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow,
Joseph Alfred Lamy (or Lamy Père) stands slightly in the shadow of his teacher and mentor FN Voirin, but his work oozes elegance and finesse. Lamy’s cello bows are particularly fine, with the most beautiful elongated head shape. This is a lovely example in fine condition – deep red round section pernambuco stick, silver and ebony mounts with a plain eye and 3-part adjuster. More details


Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910

£8,000

Hermann Prell Violin Bow
Hermann Prell was a superb Markneukirchen maker who apprenticed with Nürnberger and then famously worked as a journeyman for Sartory. Here we have a beautiful gold-mounted bow of his in excellent condition. More details


James Tubbs Viola Bow, London circa 1890

£15,000

James Tubbs Viola Bow
A James Tubbs viola bow is a rare thing – this example is from Tubbs’ middle period and completely typical. It’s a Rolls Royce of a bow, big, opulent and brimming with confidence. It has some signs of use but there are no cracks or damages. More details


Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow, Brazil 2013

£1,200

Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow
Alessandro Carlesso makes superb bows from Brazilian pernambuco – his work is very fine and the wood is outstanding. This bow has a round stick of very dark wood and is silver mounted with an ornamental adjuster.

A very dense stick, giving a lot of power for the weight – not brand new but with minimal wear. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

£12,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
Sometimes I think we should open up a shop just to sell Tubbs bows – we seem to be selling more and more, and it’s great to see this unique maker taking his rightful place. Here we have a very good and typical middle period example in great condition. More details


Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

£10,000

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow
Auguste Barbé worked exclusively for Gand & Bernardel and for this reason is not nearly as well known as he should be. However, his bows are sublte and almost indistinguishable from those of his close colleague FN Voirin. Here we have a lightweight example in top condition. More details


FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

£25,000

FN Voirin Cello Bow
FN Voirin is the most highly regarded maker of the late 19th century – his work is particularly admired for its precision and beauty. In spite of their lightness his bows are much in demand for their luminous tone. Here we have a lovely lightweight cello bow, very strong for its weight and in excellent condition. More details


Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1887

£13,500

Charles JB Collin-Mézin ViolinCollin-Mézin is one of the best known names in the violin trade. 19th century instruments made by CH JB Collin-Mézin offer great tone and great workmanship at an affordable price. More details


Collin-Mézin Violin labelled Giacomelli, Mirecourt 1934

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François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

£5,000

François Lotte Viola Bow
This is a very handy viola bow made by François Lotte for Collin-Mézin, and bearing their brand. An all-round great player, and in excellent condition – however, the adjuster is nickel and not original to the stick. More details


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

£4,500

FN Voirin Violin Bow
FN Voirin is close to the top of anyone’s list of makers. Here we are offering 4/5ths of a Voirin, since the upper fifth of the bow is a splice. However, the work is beautiful and the bow still has the special Voirin feeling. More details


Laberte Shop Violin, Mirecourt circa 1920

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Gabriel Lemböck Violin, Vienna 1862

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