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Help with bow identification please

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Just wondering if anyone can provide any help to identify this bow which I’ve had for about thirty years but only just got round to cleaning up a bit. I’d like to think it is French but I really don’t know. 

It seems to be gold mounted with silver wire grip and the adjuster has a single pin in one of the octagonal sections. The nipple on the tip has been knocked off and there is minor damage to the wood at the back of the head, as you can hopefully see from the photos. It is75cm long and without hair weighs 53.5 grams. 

Here are some pics taken on my phone but I could do better quality ones on a camera if required. 

Many info would be helpful as if this is a good bow then I want to get it repaired for my own use. I’m assuming that tepairing the head is not essential or else not hugely expensive. 












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I'm afraid all that glisters is not gold ...

this is probably "pinchbeck", and the bow is a very basic Markneukirchen trade bow probably mid 20th century, maybe a bit earlier. Looks to be brazilwood.


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Many thanks for such a fast reply Martin. I’m amazed at what you can tell from my poor pics. It had to be too good to be true but I’ve never heard of Pinchbeck. 

This bow is for the bin then. 


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