George Craske

A fine violin by George Craske, Birmingham circa 1840.

One of the finest violins by George Craske that I have seen in a long time, the overall design harks back to the later period of Stradivari’s long-pattern in the second half of the 1690s. However, mannerisms in the soundholes,…

 

W.E. Hill & Sons

A fine violin bow by Sidney Yeoman for W.E. Hill & Sons, London circa 1900

Before 1918 W.E.Hill & Sons made fewer bows, concentrating on production for sale from the Bond Street shop rather than wholesaling through the network of dealers that they nurtured in Britain and abroad. Things would change when William Retford arrived…

 

Thomas Tubbs

A good violin bow by Thomas Tubbs, London circa 1860

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…

 

James Dodd

A good English violin bow by James Dodd, London, circa 1830.

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…

 

Thomas Tubbs

A good violin bow by Thomas Tubbs, London, circa 1840.

Thomas may have been the earliest bow maker of the Tubbs dynasty, born to a family of silk weavers in Bethnal Green in 1790, his reputation is overshadowed in the early nineteenth-century by the Dodd family for whom he supplied…