Bow for violin.
Date MadeProbably early 19th century
DescriptionTechnical description: The concave, octagonal, pernambuco stick has remains of a leather grip stuck to it, and an ebony head face lining on its modern head. Its screw-mechanism, squared (without sharp corners), ebony frog is almost completely surrounded by silver (?). The silver(?) backplate is held on by two pins. The silver (?) bottomplate and ferrule are one piece, and it looks as if there is no room for a ferrule wedge. The nickel (?) underslide extends over the front of the frog, and was at one time held in by two pins (one is missing). The octagonal ebony button had two rings (one is missing) but the remaining one is silver (?). Measurements: Weight: 58g (no hair; headface missing). Hair length: 650mm (no hair). Balance point: 248mm. Head height: 23.2mm. Head width: 11.0mm. Face length: 23.8mm. Tip diameter: 6.3mm. Frog diameter: 8.25mm. Nipple range: 1.9 to 2.1mm. Period of oscillation: 1.37. Distance from pivot to tail: 65.75mm. Button length: 16.3mm. Ferrule width: 13.85mm. Frog + stick height: 27.2mm. Frog top length: 46.2mm. Repair History: Where part of the back of the head is missing - from the back of the mortise, there was a past repair - glue and a pin hole remain on the thumb side. Inscriptions: No inscriptions. Decorative features: Instead of a plain eye, the frog has a silver star surrounded by a ring of ebony on eithe rside. The bottomplate has stripes of mother-of-pearl and ebony in place of a slide. Also see under technical description. The stick has a crack from the nipple to the mortise and a deep scratch or crack on the tip side of the mortise. Its headface and part of the back of the head is missing - from the back of the head mortise. The ebony button is split and missing its ring nearest the stick and its round button end. The button does not fit the stick well, and the ebony edges along underslide are slightly chipped. Of the two pins on the underslide one is missing. Where part of the back of the head is missing - from the back of the mortise, there was a past repair - glue and a pin hole remain on the thumb side. General literature references: For further information on self-rehairing bows, see Jaeger 1998. Illustration references: World-Wide Web picture at http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/euchmi/ Current ownership: Lent by H. Allen.
NotesBrenda Neece, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004.
Provenanceon loan to the Collection.