Ref :   0897

A good old used violin bow stamped
DODD
Unknown Origin
 
Probably Pfretzschner School, circa 1935

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In spite of a superb pernambuco stick and excellent workmanship and a very worn DODD stamp, this really attractive and elegant bow remains of unknown origin. Wear patterns would suggest it was made in the 1930s or 40s and the characteristics of the adjuster button would suggest it may be from the Pfretzschner workshop.

It was in a neglected state when I acquired it and it was given an complete restoration resulting in a new tip facing, new silver lapping and thumbpad and rehairing. It is now in excellent condition.

It's most charming feature is the mother-of-pearl 'Rose' (or 'Star') motive in the flanks of the frog where one would normally expect find an eye. If ever a bow could be referred to as a 'Lady's Bow', this one would be it. At 56 grams it is really light, but it produces a very refined tone, is well-balanced and a pleasure to play with.

Weight : 56 gm

The Stick :
  Round, of very good pernambuco

The Nut :
  Ebony with a mother-of-pearl 'Rose' motive eye in both flanks.
The frog and three-ring adjuster seem original to the bow.

Mountings :
  Silver-nickel

Lapping :
  Silver plated copper wire lapping. Black thumbpad of ostrich shin leather. All recent.

Tip Slide :
  High grade bone

Condition :
  Excellent condition.

Provenance :
  Owned by Johan Grobbelaar

Price : Withheld
 
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