A bow that underlines the continual experimentation of the Dodd family through the nineteenth-century. The swept back head of the stick is very characteristic of both James Dodd moving towards the standards to which Panormo bows were made. The narrow ebony band in the adjuster is original and is also an unusual feature that occurs in Panormo and Dodd bows. Dodd was clearly guided by his own design process, leading to the eccentric head of the bow, but the heft of the stick, terminating in quite an obtuse end, and the general proportions of the frog suggest a strong interest or influence in Etienne Pajeot’s work over the channel in Mirecourt. The round stick has very firm and strong playing qualities, overall weight 59 grams.
A good English violin bow by James Dodd, London, circa 1830.