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Laberte Shop Violin, Mirecourt circa 1920

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Laberte Shop ViolinThe Laberte Workshops in Mirecourt produced a phenomenal number of violins in the early 1900s, in all shapes, sizes, and price brackets. This is a perfectly preserved “Vuillaume” labelled violin, a good midrange Laberte with an exceptional sound. More details


A Good German Violin Bow branded J. Knopf circa 1900

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A Good German Violin Bow branded J. Knopf
Although this bow is branded J Knopf, it’s almost certainly a Pfretzschner! It’s a great bow, and it confounds any prejudice one might have about German makers – the wood is exceptional, the head very artistic, and the stick perfectly balanced and weighted. A lot cheaper than a Sartory but very similar in feel … More details


Caspar Strnad Violin, Prague circa 1790

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Caspar Strnad ViolinCaspar Strnad is in my opinion one of the most undervalued makers in the entire history of violin-making. His instruments are always wonderful players, easily out-performing most Italian violins of the period. Here we have a great sounding example in fine condition, with the possible exception of an alteration to the lower soundholes. More details


Marcel Lapierre Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950

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Marcel Lapierre Violin Bow
Marcel Lapierre is a highly under-rated French maker, and his bows represent exceptional value for money. This is a beautifully preserved example with great playing qualities. More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1910

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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
This is a superb tortoiseshell mounted Hill bow from the early 20th century in exceptional condition, and one of the best players we have come across. More details


Louis Gillet Violin Bow for Lavest, circa 1935

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Louis Gillet Violin Bow
Louis Henri Gillet is best known as the maker of many late Sartory bows, but he was a formidable maker in his own right before this collaboration. This bow makes the point perfectly – very elegant work and an almost perfect playing bow. More details


Gotthard Schuster Cello Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970

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Gotthard Schuster Cello Bow
Gotthard Schuster (1903-1987) was a very fine craftsman who enjoyed a long association with Rembert Wurlitzer in New York. This bow is a pristine example of his work. More details


Bohemian Small Viola, circa 1900

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Czech viola probably by a member of the Prokop familyProbably by a member of the Prokop family, this is a late 19th century Czech viola made on a Maggini model. It’s in great condition apart form a few dents and scuffs to the varnish. A very handy size, it has a dark and fruity sound, slightly melancholic, very musical. More details


François Nicolas Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880

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François Nicolas Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880
FN Voirin is one of the greatest names in bow-making. Although his bows haven’t become a currency in the way that Sartory bows have, he is generally regarded as the better maker. While his bows are inevitably lighter, they have unparalleled elegance and are renowned for their quality of sound.

This viola bow is a lovely example of his work, typically refined and perfectly proportioned. The stick is of octagonal section orange-brown pernambuco with speckled figure, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is astounding.
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Thomas Perry Violin, Dublin circa 1780

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Thomas Perry ViolinThomas Perry is the best known name in Irish violin-making. He lived a long life and ran various busy workshops, employing amongst others John Delaney, Richard Tobin, Vincenzo Panormo (briefly), and of course William Wilkinson of Perry & Wilkinson. Here we have a beautifully preserved example with an outstanding sound from around 1780. More details


Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970

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Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow
Gotthard Schuster (1903-1987) was a very fine craftsman who enjoyed a long association with Rembert Wurlitzer in New York. This bow is a pristine example of his work. More details


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

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Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930
This is one of two superb bows we have by this fine French maker. Ouchard apprenticed to Eugène Cuniot, and ended up running the firm of Cuniot-Hury after Cuniot’s death in 1910. From 1923 onwards, Ouchard worked under his own name along with his son Emile Auguste. More details


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