£16,000 On trial
WE Hill & Son dominated English bow-making for a century. Their earlier production is very highly valued, and this particular example couldn’t be better. The round stick is of exquisite mid-brown pernambuco with a wild flame, the mounts are a beautiful honey coloured tortoiseshell, and the craftsmanship is superb throughout. The stick was made by Scotsman Wm. Johnston, the horizontal notches on the face indicating that it was made during his second period of bow-making, some time after 1920.
The condition is excellent – no repairs and very little wear. Not quite mint but as close as one gets unless a bow is simply never used.
Dimensions: length 70.8cm, weight 78.7 grams
Certificate: Isaac Salchow, New York 2016
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