This is an exceptional early Sartory cello bow in mint condition – a remarkable example made with the finest materials, and a particularly attractive model.

Eugène Sartory needs very little introduction – of all bowmakers his name is the best known amongst musicians, and his reputation for quality and consistency is unrivalled.

The bow is from Sartory’s best period – at this point in his career he had developed a remarkable level of skill, but his work was still refined and elegant.

The stick is of deep red pernamboco of excellent quality, dense and refractive with that see-through quality we associate with the best wood.

The mounts are silver and ebony. The ivory face is original, though the very tip has been replaced – the silk lapping may also be original though the thumb leather is a replacement.

The condition of the bow is near perfect – no wear, no cracks, chips or splits, no bumps or scratches

Currently the weight of the bow is 77.8 grams with a period silk lapping – with a normal silver wire lapping the weight would be 81/82 grams.

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