Marco Raposo Violin Bow

Marco Raposo Violin Bow, Brazil

Marco Raposo bows come from a well established Brazilian company who use responsibly sourced pernambuco. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of their bows – they are distinctive in looks and they play well.
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Fornaciari Jr. Violin Bow, Brazil circa 2008

Fornaciari Jr. Violin Bow, Brazil circa 2008

Fornaciari Jr. bows are made in Brazil and are very popular in the US. There’s a wide range of models – this bow is at the top of the range, made with excellent pernambuco and with full silver mounts.
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Pierre Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

Pierre Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

This is an exceptional Pierre Simon stick made for Vuillaume, with later copy mounts. The stick is in near-mint condition and the playability is all you would expect from one of the greatest makers of the 19th century.
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Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Claude Thomassin is one of the most undervalued makers of the early 20th century, and his bows are finally being recognized for their originality. Although still affordable, we are seeing values rising quite dramatically in the last 3-4 years. This example has a typically direct yet refined sound – the condition is excellent though the adjuster is a later copy.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Retford c1930

William R Retford Violin Bow, London circa 1930

Branded WE H&S, this remarkable bow was made by Willam R. Retford (son of William C Retford) around 1930. A very responsive player of an ideal weight, in a fine state of preservation, this bow comes from the private collection of one of the most respected experts in Hill bows.
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Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1860

Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1860

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. This example is a great player’s bow, and very affordable thanks to a couple of minor condition issues.
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Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1850

Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1850

There is still some uncertainty about who made the bows branded Simon FR, but they are consistent and individual in style, very close to the work of the Peccatte school. This bow is one of the best examples we have seen, eminently collectable but also a tremendous player.
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Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Sartory bows are universally admired for their reliablilty and for their quality of workmanship. This is a lovely early example from Sartory’s best period – the condition is very good, and it’s a spectacular player.
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