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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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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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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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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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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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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Small Viola probably by Francesco Maurizi , Appignano circa 1840

Small Viola probably by Francesco Maurizi, Appignano circa 1840

Francesco Maurizi is a relatively obscure maker from the Marche region of central Italy. His violins are much admired for their quality of sound, though the construction can be quite hurried. This viola is a great example, with an unusually deep and noble sound for its size.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Johann Scheverle Viola, Prague circa 1770

We have become completely besotted with the Prague makers – their instruments are of the highest level tonally, yet still so undervalued in the marketplace. Scheverle is a rare maker who is believed to have apprenticed with Hellmer – here we have a superb sounding viola of an excellent size.
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