A fine English violin bow by James Dodd, London, circa 1820-30

This is an early violin bow by James Dodd and the absence of a metal underslide to the frog suggests a date around 1820-30. The overall appearance of the bow is very close to some of the more delicate early octagonal bows by Francois-Xavier Tourte, and particularly close to his follower, Jacob Eury and falls into a category of bows that just as easily includes Nikolai Kittel’s legendary work in St Petersburg. Bows of this sort work exceptionally well for classical repertoire, and provide effortless playing qualities. With highly responsive instruments they can prove exceptional concerto bow. Although they lack some of the punch that a lot of modern players demand, they are very much the connoisseur’s choice.