A beautifully preserved cello bow in silver and tortoiseshell by one of the early Hill makers, Sydney Yeoman.

This is a great early example in outstanding original condition. It bears Yeoman’s maker’s mark to the face (a single notch in the lower face of the mortise) and has matching assembly marks to stick and frog.

The stick is of round section pernambuco of an almost Tubbs-like dark brown, mounts are silver and tortoiseshell. There are a few very minor marks to the stick but there’s little evidence of use, and the fittings are in a remarkable state of preservation. The brand is unusually crisp.

These early Hill bows are much favoured by musicians – this example is of medium stiffness, well balanced and of an ideal weight.

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