A very fine English viola bow by Arthur Brown for W.E. Hill & Sons

Arthur Brown joined W.E. Hill & Sons in 1945, beginning in the case department before moving into bow making, as was typical for new workers. The silver-mounted viola bow is marked ‘X’ on the head with the original matched frog (letter ‘D’) made by Arthur Copley and marked ‘1’. The bow is dated for 1951 and is an extremely good example of post-war production when the Hills were responding strongly to the loss of trade from traditional centres of high-quality bow making in Germany and France. A very fine and strong round stick weighing 70.5grams.