Matthew Jones

Old Bow Identification

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Hey guys,

First time poster here and while not new to music, rather new to fiddle. I recently purchased this bow and like the way it plays. It is about 64g and helps me a draw a phat, deep sound from my instrument. The person I bought it from told me it was German circa 1910 +/- a few years. I bought it as an unstamped bow. He wasn’t sure if it was brasilwood or pernambuco. 

However, upon closer inspection I saw the very faint remnants of a stamp. But I can’t make it out. So two questions, based on the pictures below, can anyone make out the stamp? And do you think this a pernambuco stick? 

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It's a nickel mounted, non-Pernambuco bow.  Frogs with this type of metal-lined pearl slide are often said to be Bausch shop products.

We would have a better chance of reading the stamp if you showed a close-up picture of it properly oriented.

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4 hours ago, Matthew Jones said:

Hey guys,

First time poster here and while not new to music, rather new to fiddle. I recently purchased this bow and like the way it plays. It is about 64g and helps me a draw a phat, deep sound from my instrument. The person I bought it from told me it was German circa 1910 +/- a few years. I bought it as an unstamped bow. He wasn’t sure if it was brasilwood or pernambuco. 

However, upon closer inspection I saw the very faint remnants of a stamp. But I can’t make it out. So two questions, based on the pictures below, can anyone make out the stamp? And do you think this a pernambuco stick? 

Thanks for your help. 

Not Pernambuco and appears to be stamped WILHELMI (probably after the renowned violinist August WILHELMI - 1845 -1908) of which you can just make out the last four letters. His name is often branded on trade bows.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Brad Dorsey said:

We would have a better chance of reading the stamp if you showed a close-up picture of it properly oriented.

Hi Brad,

Just download the full size image to your computer then rotate to examine.

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