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Please help me see differences between German/French bows

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Twenty years and I still know nothing but I’ve tried.

Here are some pictures of an Ouchard bow and the Voirin bow from the Tarisio auction, and a German Vuilluame copy bow, stamped very faintly “Vuilluame.”

i’d like to ask for features which identify the German bow as German and the French bows as French. 

 

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The French, in the person of F X Tourte and his successors, invented the "modern" bow. So in a sense, while certain minutiae of fabrication may differ, even German bows are just French bows. The best of the German (and English) bowmakers, like Nurnberger, were trained in France. So ultimately, its not terribly important. A good stick is a good stick. 

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By this kind of photos, especially the Tarisio's, it all looks the same. The Ouchard could be a Pfretzschner also, the Voirin a late 19th Knopf from this pictures and your "German copy" undistinguishable from a Bazin, maybe except the missing adjuster pins (to name one feature). 

 

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I have a bow, which the top bow guys on this forum all have agreed would quite likely be a French bow by maker X. I send photos to Raffin. He says, yes looks very much like French bow by X, but could possibly also be French bow by Y. They would have to see it physically to be sure. I carry it to Paris and take it to Raffin. Turns out to be a German bow.

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1 hour ago, Guido said:

They would have to see it physically to be sure. I carry it to Paris and take it to Raffin. Turns out to be a German bow.

:rolleyes:

Which bow was it?

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