Glasser Violin Bow

Glasser Violin Bow

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This bow was made by Glasser Manufacturing Company in Bronx, New York, around 1970-1975. It is a violin bow made of fiberglass, with a wood frog, metal screw, plastic tip plate, and horsehair. It is stamped:


This bow features U. S. Patent #3456544, dated July 22, 1969 by Leon Glasser, for a musical instrument bow made of reinforced plastic.

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Object Name
date made
place made
United States: New York, Bronx
Physical Description
fiberglass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
horsehair (overall material)
overall: 26 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 67.31 cm x 4.445 cm x 1.27 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Albert F. and Lorette M. Moglie
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National Museum of American History
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