English Violin Bow

English Violin Bow

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This bow was made by an unknown maker in England, about 1750. It is a violin bow made of a round (oval) medium dark-brown beefwood stick, with an open-face ivory frog and bone button.

This is an interesting transitional bow with oval graduations and a modified pike head. The mortices for the hair in the head and the eyelet on the shank are both unusually wide. The frog and button, while contemporary, are not original to the stick.

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Object Name
date made
ca 1750
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
beefwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
bone (overall material)
horsehair (overall material)
overall: 3/8 in x 27 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in;.9525 cm x 70.8025 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Janos Scholz
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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