Violin Bow

Violin Bow

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Description (Brief)

This violin bow was made by and unknown maker in Mirecourt, France, about 1880, and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It is a round snakewood stick with an ivory face, nickel silver lined ebony frog with underslide, colored pearl slide, and ebony button with two nickel silver rings (one missing), and a pearl eye.

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This instrument listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold as a violin bow (#6168), for $37.50 per dozen.

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Object Name
date made
ca 1880
place made
France: Grand Est, Mirecourt
Physical Description
snakewood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
ebpny (overall material)
overall: 29 1/4 in x 1 1/8 in x 1/2 in; 74.295 cm x 2.8575 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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