Ref :   0635

A fine silver-mounted viola bow stamped
George Withers
(1847-1931)
 
Probably by him. Circa 1915

 
George Withers initially worked with his father, but eventually started a studio and very successful shop in Leicester Square which for many years dominated the violin trade in London. The business came to an end in 1933, two years after his death. 'Old George', as he was fondly called, was known particularly for his interest in violas and all things related to violas. He made many violas and was also a prolific bowmaker.

This silver-mounted viola bow, simply stamped 'George Withers' has all the hallmarks of fine workmanship and is probably his work. Other than the thumbpad, all parts seem original to the bow.

It has superb playing properties that has favorably been commented on by several professional musicians and was the principal bow of an important violist until his death.

Weight :
  74 g

The Stick :
  Round, pernambuco.

The Nut :
  Ebony, rounded heel. Plain eye. Plain silver Hill-type adjuster button.

Mountings :
  Silver

Wrapping :
  Wound-silver wrapping, black leather thumbpad.

Tip Facing :
  Ivory

Condition :
  Both stick and frog are in excellent condition, free from cracks or repairs. The bow needs a rehair.

Provenance :
  Withheld

Price : Withheld
 
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