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  1. thanks for the clarification, Blank Face, didn't know that. It would seem a logical possibility that he supplied Hel as well. And one certainly sees the likeness between the heads, even if the below example is a bit more upright standing. Excuse my ignorance, but did Pfretzschner use pins as well for the underslides? I thought he only used screws: http://www.atelierdarcheterie.com/Articoli/ArcodaviolinoHermannRicha.html
  2. Thank you both! Morizot did supply bows to Hel, though I cannot quite make that connection in this case. Cuniot Hury also supplied to Hel, and some of his bows are more similar to this one, at least as regards the head and button.
  3. Thanks all for great input. I can confirm that the eyes are silver. The underside is pinned, no screws. Hard to see in the pictures, but the chamfers are nice and defined and the stick has good and straight grain. I was considering whether the frog might not be original, but the Hel stamp on both sides looks legit. And in any case, who would bother faking a Hel stamp. I know J Hel had a lot of different suppliers. But any record that he imported Germany or had German apprentices?
  4. I recently picked up this cello bow branded "J. Hel" on both sides of the stick. The brand looks original and although the bow has a head splice and quite a bit of handle wear, the octagonal stick is made of nice wood and the bow plays wonderfully. So well in fact, that it has become one of my own favourite bows rather than being passed on to my young relative as was originally intended. To my surprise, the eyes on both sides of the frog and at the end of the button are made of solid silver and not pearl. I have not seen this anywhere else, but is this common to any makers, or could it be something that was added later on to add weight? More generally, do anyone care to venture a guess as to the possible maker of this bow? I know that a lot of octagonal J Hel bows were made by CN Bazin, but to me this does not look like his hand, although possibly one of his apprentices - the head reminds me of Thomassin, if not the ferrule (provided that the frog and button are even original). any input much appreciated
  5. You are right, of course. I only meant to imply that if Msr Millant would deviate from his own model, it would make sense that he would go back to something he knows from his times at the Morizots.
  6. Really, I didn't know that. Must have taken some pride swallowing to start stamping a former employees name on one's bows.
  7. Well, that could actually support its authenticity, since JJ Millant apprenticed with the Morizots before starting his own workshop.
  8. Thank you Martin, much appreciated. The tracks also made me wonder, since quite few makers use this technique. The button looked ok to me, but will have another look. Best Thomas
  9. Been looking for a JJ Millant bow for a while. Found one listed online but the pictures I subsequently received do not look like Millant in terms of the head and the stamp is not upside down as usual. Is there an early period or odd examples where Millant followed a different pattern? or is it a fake stamp? Thanks in advance.
  10. Did the former owner carve his name on the back?!
  11. Spent almost an hour Google after seeing a hexagonal Dodd cello bow advertised in the upcoming Bromptons sale. Until I realised that a several other bows, eg by nehr and dolling, are listed as hexagonal as well. A come together of experimental bows or a new intern at the London office? (c:
  12. This one has the curved underslide / Vuillaume track in the stick. But glad to hear that it is not entirely uncommon practice.
  13. My apologies if I seemed preconceived. But thank you kindly for the answer, I take it to imply that this is not inconceivable - glad to hear so. Kind regards, Thomas
  14. Tough, LeMaster. But actually, I think it is Tarisio that is missing something. The German certificate clearly says Neusilber, which is Nickel/Maillechort. The pictures seem to support that too. As for the price hike of old French bows, yes, I imagine fine German bows will see a price increase as well.
  15. Dear all, I recently acquired a cello from a reputable auction house stamped and sold to be from the JB Vuillaume workshop. Bow looks nice if on the lighter side, but what got me wonder was when I removed the frog and found that the underslide is screwed down with two iron flat head screws. This would normally get my "German copy" bells ringing, but I am too soon to pass judgment here? Pictures can be provided if need be. Thanks in advance, Thomas
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