A Fine Violin Bow by Otto A Hoyer Pariser- Markneukirchen circa 1915-1920


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This is a bow handmade by Albert Otto Hoyer (1889-1966) in his Markneukirchen workshop. Otto A. was one of the best Markneukirchen masters of his guild. The bow is stamped OTTO A HOYER PARISER. The stamp on the bow shows a justified pride he felt as a young maker that he had worked for the great French maker and teacher, E. Sartory. Otto came from a famous bow making family in Markneukirchen, Germany. Their roots in bow making go back to Carl Wilhelm Hoyer (1772-1836). Otto A was the first family maker who stamped his bows on a regular basis. He learned his craft from his father Ernst August Hoyer. According to his father, Otto worked with E. Sartory in Paris from 1911-1913. Following that tutelage and experience Otto left Paris and set up his own shop in Markneukirchen. He worked there very successfully well into his old age.

We meticulously went over the bow, giving the stick a new nickel silver winding to match the mounts in the frog and a new leather thumb. The facial tip was beyond repair and replaced with a new bone tip. The pernambuco wood is choice, with a darker red/brown color in octagonal section. The bow has a strong camber which happens very fast- 9.0 cm. from the head. The wood is tactically thinner at the head, then broadens halfway down the stick and remains quite consistent throughout the winding. The head, all knife work, is elegant and draws forward and is sweeping in its form. The ebony frog is all original along with the endscrew. The ebony frog is slightly rounded from 100 years of playing. The frog feels great in the hand. The pearl eyes in the frog are small, white in color, while the colorful mother-of-pearl slide has a slight taper, with a wider end towards the ferrule. The heel is one-piece and the heel plate has curved back sides. The three-part button has a short ebony section and a closed end ring. This is typical classic Otto A. Hoyer work. The pernambuco is firm, the bow is amazing, and the it plays well. This is another exquisite German bow close to if not 100 years old in our collection. The bow is in very good condition and is a historically significant bow made by Otto A. Hoyer. The bow is just waiting to join some other great bows in a player’s arsenal of sticks.

Weight fully haired 60.0 grams