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  1. I just took another look, it appears that where the thumb wear has left a dent in the stick the colouration runs through the stick. I suppose it could be some sort of soak in stain but I don't think so, it's very dense wood. Also, the stripes don't alter as they do with maple as you change the light direction, I don't know if snakewood is expected to do that.
  2. Many thanks for your reply. There are no assembly marks on the slide, I've attached a better picture. It's just pinned twice. I've also checked under a 10x loupe and nothing, I'm really not convinced they started life together. The reason I asked if it could be French was due to me having a read on this forum. It seems to be the case that Snakewood/Amourette was used by both late 19th century MK makers and mid 19th century French makers, I could be completely wrong in my interpretation of the information. fiddlecollector had input on a Peccatte thread and posted the attached picture. The one I have has, to me, a very strong resemblance to one of those illustrated. You'll need to forgive my skills of just taking a picture of it next to the screen. The kick up at the end of the ivory doesn't look as pronounced on mine because the lining has come loose and it's drooping down. The wood seems to hold the same form though. There is a difference on the top of the head though, mine is slightly more rounded, I'm not sure through wear or design. I didn't want to start the thread with the name Peccatte, because I actually don't know what I'm doing. I have no desire to be the idiot that walks into the shop claiming they have a Strad. I just don't want to make a mistake by messing about on what might be a good quality French stick with associated frog. Thanks for your input, it is appreciated.
  3. Before I launch myself with wild abandon at this project I would like to make sure I'm not out of my depth. The bow is very dense, strong and slender, and weighs 41 grams without frog or button. The stick has the numerals IIII, which lead me to think German. The frog does not have these marks so, I believe them to have found one another along the journey. I'm not even sure that the ferrule started life with the frog as the fit is either sloppy through wear or sloppy because it doesn't belong. The bow and frog have some significant wear so at least somebody liked playing it. I would just like to be certain the stick didn't start out in France before I get going with an amateur refurbishment? Thanks in advance.
  4. Thanks fiddlecollector, I shall put it down as a possibly French then. I appreciate your thoughts, as having looked at this forum for years, I still don't have an eye for these things.
  5. Thanks duane88. I hadn't raised my hopes as high as an Ouchard. Just before I wade in with boundless enthusiasm and very little experience of bow restoration I was checking I'm not taking a risk. I suspect I'm not, but it's best to ask.
  6. I thank you for your thoughts on this bow that somebody tried to give to me yesterday. It is nickel mounted, with no pins in the adjuster, and a numeral on the slide. So, I'm thinking German. That said, the MOP is tapered and the slide is pinned. I have no real reason to think so, because I'm pretty clueless, but I'm not convinced the frog started life with the stick, the fit is rather sloppy. The head has had a good whack and is now dented, so it doesn't look so nice and the tip lining is hanging off. The lapping is silver wire, not nickel. I've never seen those nicks on a frog heel before, because I've not seen many frogs I suppose, but they strike be as perhaps a consequence of running through with a tool during manufacture. The frog is no work of art. The wood on the stick is remarkably strong. Are my thoughts along the right lines?
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