Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1885

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

This is a near-mint early Claude Thomassin, made for the violinmaker HC Silvestre. Thomassins are always reliable, and this bow is one of the best examples we’ve had – perfectly balanced, super-stable, with a big solistic sound.
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Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

Jean Joseph Martin was one of the extraordinary team of makers assembled by JB Vuillaume, and his bows very often follow the Vuillaume model. This is a more personal creation with a distinctive head – very unusually it bears an authentic Dominique Peccatte brand. The bow is in near perfect condition.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1870

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1865

This is a fine early example of the work of James Tubbs. The model is the one he used while making bows for WE Hill. The head is more refined than in his later work, the frog with a wide throat and delicate pearl eye, and a very characteristic “goldfish” mother of pearl throughout.
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JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Another very fine Lamy violin bow, this one dating from around 1910 and showing some stylistic traits of the young HC Lamy. A tremendous playing bow combining clarity, power and elegance.
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

This is a rare Vuillaume model bow by EA Ouchard, one of our favourite makers. As you would expect from any bow presented here, it’s an excellent playing bow in top condition.
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JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

Here we have a beautiful JA Lamy violin bow in original condition – unpolished silver, original tinsel lapping, thumb leather and ivory face. Fresh as the day it was made, it’s a strong stick with a massive sound.
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JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

The bows of JA Lamy have a real following, perhaps because they represent French bowmaking at its most refined. This example is in fantastic condition – it’s also strong for a Lamy and eminently suitable for modern technique.
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1940

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1940

Emile Auguste Ouchard is the only 20th century maker whose popularity rivals that of Sartory – here we have a rather special bow from the late 1930s retaining all its original features. An outstanding player’s bow too…
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Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Joseph René Lafleur is one of a number of great makers whose work sits between that of FX Tourte and the Peccatte school. This bow is very typical of his early work and close to that of his teacher Francois Lupot. It has some minor issues but it’s an outstanding player.
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Victor Fetique Violin Bow, Paris 1924

Victor Fetique Violin Bow, Paris 1924

This is a beautifully preserved Victor Fétique violin bow made for the London Great Exhibition of 1924. It’s a top example of this maker’s craft – highly collectable but also a great player’s bow.
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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1885

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1885

This is a very fine silver-mounted FN Voirin in mint condition – it’s an exceptional player, elegant and refined in conception but with a strong stick and a brilliant tone.
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

This is an outstanding and highly collectable EA Ouchard violin bow in silver and ivory in near mint condition – also a faultless playing stick with a brilliant and expressive character.
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