Violin Bow

Violin Bow

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Description (Brief)

This violin bow was made by and unknown maker in Germany, about 1880, and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It is a round Brazilwood stick with celluloid face, full nickel silver lined ebony frog with underslide, plain pearl eyes with nickel silver rings, plain pearl slide, ebony button with two nickel silver rings, and a pearl eye.

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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 Vuillaume model violin bow (#6160), for $21.60 per dozen.

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Object Name
date made
ca 1880
place made
overall: 29 in x 1 1/4 in x 7/16 in; 73.66 cm x 3.175 cm x 1.11125 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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