Ref :   0673

A fine German violin bow by
Albert Nürnberger
Star-rated silver mount
Markneukirchen. Circa 1960

The majority of Nürnberger bows are stamped Albert Nürnberger. Since there are around 15 Nürnbergers listed, starting in the early-19th century, and since several of them had Albert as one of their first names, it becomes challenging to establish precisely who the maker was, particularly in bows from around the mid 20th century and later. The better bows were marked with either one or two stars before and after the name stamp.

This excellent bow is not very old, probably from around 1960, and could be the work of any one of two makers, possibly three. The first candidate is Carl Albert (1885 - 1971) and another is Karl Albert (1906 - 1972). There is also Christian Albert (b. 1947) but he may have been too young to have made this bow, unless the bow was made some time after 1960.

Many of the Nürnberger bows currently in South Africa were imported into this country by the important Danish violinmaker, Amon Bilmark (d. 1961), who was based in Durban, and who recognized the exceptional quality of the Nürnberger bows. However, this bow was purchased in Europe in the late 1960s. This bow is stamped * ALBERT NÜRNBERGER * with a star flanking the name. It is of high-grade pernambuco cut into an octagonal stick. All fittings appear to be original.

If you like heavier bows, this is for you - this bow has excellent qualities. Balance and smoothness of performance is immediately noticeable. The stick is firm, making for very good string contact and control. It was in professional use since its initial acquisition in the late 60s. .

Weight :
  64.7 g

The Stick :
  Good well-figured pernambuco, cut to octagonal.

The Nut :
  Ebony with characteristic Nürnberger eye. Original nut, free from cracks. Plain silver button - original.

Mountings :

Lapping :
  Silver lapping. Black leather thumbpad.

Tip Slide :

Condition :
  Excellent condition. Original in all parts. No repairs or cracks.

Provenance :
  Original ownership withheld. Now the property of Johan Grobbelaar

Price : Withheld
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