A viola bow by Leslie Bailey for W.E. Hill & Sons stamped H&S

This bow was made by Leslie Bailey, and his number ‘4’ is stamped on the underslide of the frog. Bailey was one of the apprentices who entered the Hill company in 1919 when William Retford re-organised the workshop, leaving for war work in 1939. His bows are usually found with lesser grade stamps on them, and this bow date-stamped for 1937 is typical. Nevertheless, the 1930s were a particularly productive period for the Hills with an extremely high standard of making, and the bow is underrated by overall standards of the Hill workshop. A very good and clean example with great playing abilities, round stick, total weight 72 grams.