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A very fine gold-mounted German violin bow by
Franz Albert Nürnberger
(1854 - 1931)

Tortoise-shell nut
 
Markneukirchen, Circa 1910 or earlier

 
This bow has recently undergone complete restoration, more the consequence of extensive wear for over a century, than of any damage. The result is highly pleasing. To accomplish this work, bowmaker Svend Christensen sought to restore the bow to the typical period-look of bows from the 1920s & 1930s. For example, white whalebone was harvested from a 1920s bow for this restoration, which beautifully matches the deep wine-red pernambuco stick. An eyelet was found from about 1900 which matched the thread of the adjuster shaft, contributing to the complete "period" feel of the bow. The extremely worn and broken ivory tip slide was replaced with Mammoth ivory and damage to the tortoise-shell flanks of the nut (particularly on the off-side) was masterfully restored. The thumbpad (much in the 1920s style of lizard skin) has been done in burgundy-coloured skin from a South African Ostrich leg, again matching the beautiful red pernambuco. The 9ct rose gold ferule was especially made for this nut and completes a very satisfying restoration which not only greatly improves the bow's appearance, but which structurally strengthens a very old nut, thereby adding many more decades to this bow's usefulness.

This is bow is very old and is almost certainly the work of Franz Albert Nürnberger (1854 - 1931) who is the most celebrated of the Nürnberger bow makers. Considering the wear on the stick a calculated guess would put its origin at about 1910 or earlier. The bow is simply stamped ALBERT NÜRNBERGER which corresponds to this maker's stamp. (Stars flanking the name, as is commonly seen with Nürnbergers, were only introduced in 1920, which puts this bow some time before that date.) The name stamp on this bow is very worn as are the facets next to the adjuster button, which have by now worn almost round. Other than the wear mentioned, this stick is in excellent condition without repairs or cracks. It appears that the adjuster-shaft mortise may have been rebushed at some time in the past, further attesting to the bow's age.

The octagonal stick is of truly exquisite wine-red deeply flamed pernambuco. Wood like this can no longer be found. The frog is in gold-mounted tortoise shell with a simple eye. The solid golden heel-plate is the original, bearing the maker's emblem and the '9ct' stamp. The adjuster button is of the same solid rose-gold, fits perfectly and is probably the original. The recently-made ferule imitates this rose gold, complete with 9ct stamp.

This bow has truly excellent playing properties - it is exceptionally stable, fabulously balanced and has superb articulation - in all it lives up fully to its gold-mount status and to the expectations of the extraordinary work of Franz Albert Nürnberger.

Weight :
  60.2 g

The Stick :
  Wine-red well-flamed pernambuco, cut to octagonal. Excellent condition, but with some wear.

The Nut :
  Tortoise-shell. Original to the stick. Eyelet recently replaced with one from the same period. Eye on the off-side flank recent. Ferule of 9ct rose gold recently made. Underslide probably later. Tortoise shell on off-side flank superbly repaired.

Mountings :
  Solid 9 ct rose-gold. Button of solid matching rose-gold, probably the original.

Lapping :
  White whalebone lapping recently done with 1920s whalebone harvested from another bow.Burgundy thumbpad of South African Ostrich leg skin.

Tip Slide :
  Mammoth ivory. Recent.

Condition :
  The stick is somewhat worn, but otherwise in excellent condition. The recent restoration of this bow was undertaken by Svend Christensen, a French-trained bowmaker, who did all work on it to standard.

Provenance :
  This bow is currently owned by Johan Grobbelaar. It was initially owned by the Danish violinmaker, Amon Bilmark, (pupil of Simone Sacconi) who sold it to its previous owner - details withheld for now.

Price : P.O.A.
This is a very rare bow in superb condition. Furthermore, tortoise-shell gold-mounted bows are the highest rating - higher than gold-mounted ebony. This by has superb playing properties.
 
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