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Leon Pique violin bow

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Dear Experts at MN,

Attached in the photos is an octagonal violin bows stamped Leon Pique upside down; any comments on the provenance of this bow?

My question, more specifically, is referred to how to differentiate between a generic German and an Otto Hoyer labeled as Leon Pique.

Thank you very much.

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I've seen different qualities of German bows stamped as "Leon Pique," which I think was a brand invented for the US market. I had a very nice silver mounted one which was unanimously attributed to Hoyer by all the bow experts who saw it, as well as others that were nickel mounted, more ordinary Markneukirchen style bows, which is what this one looks like. It might well be a good playing bow, but getting it attributed to a particular maker or even workshop would seem fairly impossible and pointless, but you could always send photos to Schmidt in Dresden.

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On 5/3/2019 at 5:30 AM, Michael Appleman said:

I've seen different qualities of German bows stamped as "Leon Pique," which I think was a brand invented for the US market. I had a very nice silver mounted one which was unanimously attributed to Hoyer by all the bow experts who saw it, as well as others that were nickel mounted, more ordinary Markneukirchen style bows, which is what this one looks like. It might well be a good playing bow, but getting it attributed to a particular maker or even workshop would seem fairly impossible and pointless, but you could always send photos to Schmidt in Dresden.

Thank you, Mike.

Got the point.

I  acquired this bow from Tarisio T2 auction a few years ago, probably when T2 auction was just initiated. If I remember correctly, it was listed as a "silver-mounted". In fact, because of such description, I bid and bought it.

It is a reasonable player, very balanced with no apparent weakness, but certainly not my best.

 

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