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…

 

Etienne Pajeot

A very fine French violin bow by 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…

 

James Tubbs

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

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…

 

W.E. Hill & Sons

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…

 

François-Nicolas Voirin

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

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…

 

W.E. Hill & Sons

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…

 

TB14001

A fine French viola bow by Marcel LaPierre

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