Giffnock Violins

Bows

Francois Pecatte c 1845

Giffnock Violins always has a large stock of bows from good student standard to finest quality professional bows. Please browse the list below for a selection of some of the fine bows currently in stock. The bows are set up, haired and appropriately balanced to the highest standard with silver, silk and tinsel windings accompanied by leather or snakeskin wrap.

The precious wood Pernambuco, from which fine bows are made is a unique and beautiful wood that comes from the endangered Brazilian Rain Forest. It is in short supply due to massive deforestation and is consequently categorised an endangered species. We can support efforts at reforestation and thus the preservation of Pernambuco, by reconditioning and recycling  good quality old bows. After reconditioning they are an inexpensive, suitable and viable alternative to the current low cost, mass produced bows that we find in our shops today.

In addition to fine bows we always have a plentiful  stock of old reconditioned bows. The bows are usually made in the German, English and  French workshops of the late 19th/ early 20th century and made from ‘Brazilwood’ or ‘Ipe’ are of excellent quality and well worthy of restoration.  They are frequently discarded or ignored because they’ve suffered some sort of damage, have developed an unattractive chippy varnish (which can be improved or removed)  or have suffered cracks. However they make attractive,  great playing bows when restored, set up, cambered and balanced correctly and with careful handling will easily last another hundred years. Prices start at a very inexpensive £50.

 

 

VIOLIN BOWS

 

W E Hill and Sons circa 1927 Violin bow.

English Made by Frank Napier Junior and sporting his 3 leaves insignia to the silver head plate. Stick of fine pernambuco. Ebony and Silver mounted. Original lapping and leather.Branded H & S.

 

W E Hill and Sons circa 1930 .

Violin bow. English , Made by Lesley Bailey and branded 4 on the head plate. Silver and Ebony mounted. The Frog is numbered 6. It was an unusual practice to number as well as letter the frogs and this indicates the frog was probably made by Arthur Bultitude. Branded H & S . The bow is in near mint condition. Currently in the workshop for rehair and lapping.

 

Workshop of Francois Peccatte circa 1845.

A very fine French violin bow from the workshop of this maker, exotic wood. Raffin Certificate. 60g   POA

 

W E Hill and Sons circa 1930.

English Made by Frank Napier Junior and sporting his 3 leaves insignia to the silver head plate. Stick of fine pernambuco. Ebony and Silver mounted. Original lapping and leather. Branded H & S.

W E Hill and Sons circa 1930 .

Violin bow. English ,Made by Lesley Bailey and branded 4 on the head plate. Silver and Ebony mounted. The Frog is numbered 6. It was an unusual practice to number as well as letter the frogs and this indicates the frog was probably made by Arthur Bultitude. Branded H & S . The bow is in near mint condition. Currently in the workshop for rehair and lapping.

James Tubbs – Violin Bow circa 1865.

A very fine violin bow in virtually mint condition from James Tubbs early period and made for William Ebsworth Hill. The stick of very fine quality golden orange pernambuco. The Ebony and silver mounts. The slide of silver fish mottled pearl. Branded on either side of the handle W. E.  Hill. With a letter from Matthew Coltman identifying the bow as made by James Tubbs. 60g  POA

 

VIOLA BOWS

Simon School. French Viola Bow. Paris Circa 1870.

Ebony Frog, Ivory Adjuster. Open Trench Frog. Stick of amourette. Raffin certificate. Currently in workshop for tip replacement, minor adjustment to ivory button and rehair. POA

Albert Nurnberger, Circa 1930. German Viola Bow

Pernambuco Stick. Plain Ebony Adjuster. Nickel Mounts. Branded Albert Nurnberger. 66 grammes.

£2000

 

CELLO BOWS

 

W E Hill and Sons – Cello Bow circa 1929.

By Arthur Barnes and numbered five on the head plate. A very fine cello bow in virtually mint condition. Stick of beautiful pernambuco mounts of Ebony and Silver. Original Lapping and leather. 75g.

 

Simon School. French Cello Bow Paris circa 1870.

Wood of Amourette. Ebony and Nickel mounts. Raffin Certificate. In excellent condition. Currently in the workshop for rehair and Paris Eye replacement.

 

Simon School. French Cello Bow Paris circa 1870.

The stick of ironwood. Mounts of Nickel and Ebony. Raffin certificate. Cuurenly in the workshop for rehair and tip replacement.   POA

Francois Peccatte  – Cello Bow, Circa 1845.

An Extremely fine French Cello Bow  (see photos above).  Exotic, Amourette wood. Nickel Mounted. Raffin certificate. 83g   POA