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W.E H & S Violin Bow 1936

SKU 20400-315-CSM


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W. E. Hill & Sons (1887–1992) was a London-based firm that specialised in violins and other string instruments, and bows. It was also known as William Hill & Sons or William E. Hill & Sons. Founded by William Ebsworth Hill at 38 New Bond Street, London in 1887, the name W. E. Hill & Sons built on a long family history of violin making going back to William Ebsworth's great grandfather, Joseph Hill. The firm soon gained a widespread reputation for excellence in repairs, making of instruments, bows, cases and fittings as well as instrument identification and authentication. Many fine craftsmen worked for the firm, and they were particularly famous for their bow makers, their work renowned for its character and consistency.

This violin bow is stamped "W. E. H & S" and weighs 57.3 grams. Under the frog, it has a match mark of "D", and a year mark of "36". The maker's mark under the mortice on the face is a tripartite leaf design, that of Frank Napier, who worked at Hills between 1894 and 1940. It has a round stick of pernambuco, measuring 74.2cm in length, and has a whalebone lapping and a leather grip. The frog is of ebony with no eye, and is silver mounted with a solid silver button. It is in good condition. 

It has has a flexible yet powerful stick, which conveys its sound with a lot of added warmth. It characterised by a smooth feeling, with bow changes coming easily in legato. It excels in off the string strokes as well, translating a large proportion of the active, horizontal energy in the stroke into a sustainable, effortless bounce. It would best suit players at a tertiary or professional level, for any kind of soloistic or chamber playing. 

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