W.E. Hill & Sons

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…

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

 

Thomas Tubbs

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…

A good violin bow by Thomas Tubbs, London circa 1860

 

James Dodd

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…

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

 

Thomas Tubbs

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…

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

 

Etienne Pajeot

A superb and absolutely typical example of Etienne Pajeot’s work from he 1820-30 period. Pajeot was an extremely influential maker whose workshop began to work on a more commercial scale in the 1840s, but his early bows are some of…

A very fine French violin bow by Etienne Pajeot

 

James Tubbs

Made around 1880, this is an extremely strong and fine violin bow by James Tubbs. His bows of this period are archetypal of his work, with asymmetric pearl eyes on the frog, and the very typical rounded head that features…

A fine English violin bow by James Tubbs, London circa 1880.

 

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…

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

 

François-Nicolas Voirin

Francois-Nicolas Voirin was the cousin of J.B. Vuillaume, and one of the most significant bow makes of the late nineteenth century. This example has a expertly repaired head, and is otherwise a very good example of his work with excellent…

A well-restored violin bow by F.N. Voirin, Paris circa 1880

 

W.E. Hill & Sons

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…

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

 

TB14001

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A fine French viola bow by Marcel LaPierre

 

CB14002

A fine French silver mounted violoncello bow by Eugene Sartory, stamped “E SARTORY A PARIS”, Paris, circa 1920. A good and strong example from arguably this maker’s best period. Round stick with silver lapping and ivory tip. Some minor playing…

A fine French violoncello bow by Eugene Sartory

 

Claude Thomassin

A fine silver mounted violin bow by Claude Thomassin, stamped “BELA SZEPESY” for the London trade. Along with many of the London shops, Bela Szepesy is documented to have bought bows from Paris which he stamped with his own brand.…

A fine French violin bow by Claude Thomassin, Paris, circa 1920.