French Violin Bow

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.

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Object Name
date made
Oliver Ditson Company
place made
Physical Description
pernambuco (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
pearl (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
horsehair (overall material)
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
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