Technical description: The octagonal, nearly straight, convex, varnished rosewood (?) stick ends in a chunky modern head. The bow has a matching open, screw-mechanism, canted, varnished rosewood (?) frog. The bow has black hair. The button is also of varnished rosewood (?) and has a brass ring; it is shaped like a cello peg. There is a brass piece fitted into the front end of the stick mortise held in place by one screw, which has a hole on top for the screw.Weight: 530.Hair length: 597.Balance point: 380.Head height: 91.95.Head width: 46.8.Face length: 69.5.Tip diameter: 19.7.Frog diameter: 25.5 (measured 200 from end to avoid frog).Nipple range: 3.4 to 3.5.Period of oscillation: 1.54.Distance from pivot to tail: 146.2.Button length: 58.9 (including the brass ring).Ferrule width: 44.4.Frog + stick height: 77.3.Frog top length: 82.9.
Specific usage history: Used by Professor John Donaldson for acoustical demonstrations in the Music Classroom, University of Edinburgh, c|1850 - 1865.
brenda neece, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004.
Probably to be identified with one of `Exhibition stand for bows, containing 3 large bows for monocords, two 'cello bows, 2 violin bows' listed in inventory of the Music Class Room Museum circa 1930 (Cupboard H, item 40).