This is a beautiful example of the work of Thomas Tubbs, and one of the best early 19th century English cello bows you could hope to find.

The cello bows of the early Tubbs/Dodd school are very popular with modern players, and here we have an unusually striking example in original condition. It retains its original ivory adjuster and plain ebony face, and the frog and stick bear their original matching assembly marks.

The stick is of round section pernambuco of exceptional quality – almost black but quite remarkable under a strong light. The transition from octagonal to round is very gradual, taking up the entire first third of the bow.

The condition is exemplary for a cello bow of this age, though there are some minor and very fine restorations carried out by Vito Vissecario. There is a small cheval slanting backwards on either side of the frog, there’s some minor thumbnail wear that has been filled, and the screw mortise has been bushed. The ivory button has a thin crack lengthwise, but this is inevitable on an ivory button of this age. The pearl in the shields appears to be modern.

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