Ref :   1005

A good silver-mounted English violin bow stamped
HILL
Probably by William G. Johnston (1860-1944), for Hill
 
1939

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Although the identifiers of almost all the bowmakers that worked for the firm of W. E. Hill & Sons are known, it sometimes remains less clear who made a specific bow. In the case of this bow, stamped HILL, all indications are that the bow was made in 1939 by William G. Johnston (1860-1944).

Johnston initially worked for the piano makers, Broadwood, but joined Hill in 1894 where for 45 years he was a prominent bowmaker. In 1930 he became Hill's workshop manager and he retired in 1939 - which would make this bow one of the last he made.

This bow remains in superb condition after almost 80 years - still with all its original parts. It has all the excellent playing properties one expects in a Hill.

Weight : 58.5 g

The Stick :
  Octagonal, of good pernambuco

The Nut :
  Ebony, plain

Mountings :
  Silver

Lapping :
  Silver wire lapping with black ostrich-shin leather thumbpad, all recent.

Tip Slide :
  Silver

Condition :
  Excellent. Newly rehaired

Provenance :
  The property of Johan Grobbelaar

Price : On application
 
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