French Violin Bow


This bow was made by an unknown maker in France, around 1898-1902. It is a violin bow made of a Pernambuco stick with a celluloid face, full nickel silver mounted ebony frog with pearl slide and eyes, and an ebony button with two nickel silver rings and a pearl eye (not original). Accessioned with violin (Cat. #66.095) The stick is stamped:


This commercial bow was made for Oliver Ditson and Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Ditson Company was primarily known as a music publisher, but also traded pianos and all kinds of orchestral instruments and accessories. This bow was probably stamped “OLIVER DITSOBN” while being made on contract in Mirecourt, prior to export to Boston.

Date Made: 1898-1902

Retailer: Oliver Ditson Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France

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Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.66.095aCatalog Number: 66.095aAccession Number: 182022

Object Name: Bow

Physical Description: pernambuco (overall material)ebony (overall material)pearl (overall material)nickel silver (overall material)horsehair (overall material)Measurements: overall: 29 1/4 in x 1 3/16 in x 7/16 in; 74.295 cm x 3.01625 cm x 1.11125 cm


Record Id: nmah_605569

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