Karr Violin Bow


This bow was made by Albert H. Karr in Kansas City, Missouri, before 1925. It is a violin bow with a round beefwood stick with a plastic face, weighted black plastic frog with pearl eye, white plastic slide and metal ferrule bent from one piece and cut to lock the ends in place, and a plastic button. The bow is stamped:


Albert Homer Karr (1885-1971) was an American bow and violin maker (1885-1971). For most of his career, Karr was the proprietor of musical instrument shop in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to repairing and selling other instruments, Karr made over 1,300 violins during his career and several dozen handmade violin bows. During WWII, Karr was contracted by the U. S. government to produce quality student bows.

The Violinist magazine for January 1921 featured an article about Albert H. Karr as well as an advertisement of his shop:

Exclusive Violin Shop
306 East Tenth Str., Kansas City, Missouri.

The Albert H. Karr Handmade Violins, finest
imported wood, sent at my expense on ten days’ trial
to responsible parties.
Large collections of old Violins including a Stradi-
varius, a Guarnerius, an Amati, a Villaume and a

One of the finest equipped shops in the United
States for repair and adjustment of fine old
instruments. Mr. Karr attends to this work per-
sonally. All work guaranteed.
Correspondence invited.

Date Made: before 1925

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Missouri, Kansas City

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Credit Line: Gift of Janos Scholz

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.71.09Catalog Number: 71.09Accession Number: 292442

Object Name: bow

Physical Description: beefwood (overall material)metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)horsehair (overall material)Measurements: overall: 29 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 74.295 cm x 3.175 cm x 1.27 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-342a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_605553

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