Vuillaume Violin Bow


This bow was made by Vuillaume in Paris , France, undetermined date. It is a violin bow made of steel, with a plain ebony frog with pearl slide, and an ebony button with two silver rings. This bow features a self-rehairing bow patent by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume from February 26, 1836. The bow is marked:


Arnold R. Bone (July 26, 1913 - August 9, 2001) was an engineer, inventor, gunsmith, string instrument bowmaker. He grew up in South Ryegate, Vermont, and graduated from Wentworth Institute in 1935. After graduation, Bone worked at Irwin Auger Bit Company in Wilmington, Ohio before returning to Wentworth to teach Navy machinist mates during World War II until 1944. The final part of his career, Bone worked at Dennison Mfg. Company in Framingham (now Avery Dennison) when he retired in 2000.

Arnold R. Bone held numerous patents at Dennison, including several for the Swiftacher, the device for attaching tags to clothing with a nylon filament. His ubiquitous fasteners are still used today. Bone applied his engineering and master craftsman skills to making string instrument bows, and also became one of the world's most respected experts on repair and restoration of fine bows. His customers ranged from young students to members of professional ensembles such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and bows were shipped to him from all over the world.

Maker: Vuillaume

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France: Île-de-France, Paris

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Credit Line: Gift of Leona M. Bone Trust

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0167.01Accession Number: 2002.0167Catalog Number: 2002.0167.01

Object Name: bow

Physical Description: steel (overall material)ebony (overall material)nickel silver (overall material)pearl (overall material)horsehair (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5/8 in x 29 7/16 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 74.77125 cm x 2.8575 cm


Record Id: nmah_1028332

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