This bow came from the estate of Kathleen Parlow, “Canada’s Violinist” and pupil of Leopold Auer although the provenance is sadly only by word of mouth. Made around the 1860s, the rounded back of the frog features strongly in James Tubbs’ work of the same period and is some evidence that the two makers were following one and other. Nevertheless, the slightly enclosed throat of the frog is more in keeping with Thomas Tubbs and the eccentric head with only an ebony tip has the familiar proportions of Thomas’s work. A very supple octagonal stick, in typical Thomas Tubbs style. Weight, 59 grams no maker’s stamp visible.
A good violin bow by Thomas Tubbs, London circa 1860