Heddon Viollin Bow

Description:

This bow was made by Heddon in Dowagiac, Michigan, around 1941-1950. It is a violin bow T25 model, made of a painted steel stick, with a plastic composition frog, and leather grip.

This bow features U.S. Patent #2252929, dated August 19, 1941, by John Heddon assignor to James Heddon’s Sons for a violin bow.

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.

Date Made: 1941-1950

Maker: Heddon

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Michigan, Dowagiac

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Credit Line: Gift of Leona M. Bone Trust

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0167.03Accession Number: 2002.0167Catalog Number: 2002.0167.03

Object Name: bow

Physical Description: steel (overall material)plastic (overall material)leather (overall material)horsehair (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1/2 in x 29 1/2 in x 1 1/16 in; 1.27 cm x 74.93 cm x 2.69875 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-e3b7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1028334

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