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…

 

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…