Ref :   0919

A good unstamped violin bow of
Unknown Origin
 
Circa 1940

 
 
 
 
 
 
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It can be said with some certainly (but not always) that unstamped violin bows are of trade (commercial) origin. But when a bow is superbly made of excellent material and has very good playing properties, yet is unstamped, the matter is always intriguing and open to speculation.

This bow is truly of unknown origin. Although it is in superb condition, the wear pattern in the grip area of the shaft shows a lot of use as does the edges of the frog, which leads one to believe that it is older than it looks, was well-used and well looked after. A calculated guess would put its making at around 1940 or earlier.

The stick deserves special mention - it is of really beautiful pernambuco which is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

It has excellent playing properties and gives good articulation - nicely balanced and stable. It is a very pleasing bow to play with and is suitable for just about any demands.

Weight : 63 g

The Stick :
  Round, of excellent quality pernambuco

The Nut :
  Ebony with a simple eye

Mountings :
  Silver-nickel

Lapping :
  Silver-plated copper wire lapping. Thumbpad of black ostrich shin leather.
All recent

Tip Slide :
  High grade bone, recent.

Condition :
  This bow was recently fully refurbished and rehaired and is in excellent condition.
Careless rehairing technique has left two marks on the tip's off-side flank, but this poses no structural threat to the head.

Provenance :
  Owned by Johan Grobbelaar

Price : On application
 
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