BAUSCH German Violin Bow Imported by the C. F. ALBERT firm circa 1890-1905 – SOLD 2 APRIL 2024 –


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This German bow was branded C.F. ALBERT with very small, condensed letters on the side of the leather thumb grip. Charles Francis Albert was born in Freiburg Germany in 1842. He first came to New York in 1865 an established violin maker and beginning to make a name for himself. Two years later he moved to Philadelphia where he stayed and began his career as the foremost maker in Philadelphia at the time. I believe this was a bow imported to the US in the late 1800’s. The bow is German, of very good workmanship, and old. The stick is choice dark chocolate pernambuco wood and it is all original except for the replaced leathers and silver winding that were well worn and discolored beyond saving. The bow has nickel mounts, an ebony frog with single mother-of-pearl large eyes, and a three-piece endscrew. The bow has a workshop mark with engraved Roman numerals both under the lining of the frog and also under the winding. In addition, the nickel is held in place with pin work, not screws. The handmade frog is fully-lined with the original mother-of-pearl slide and pearl eyes. The slide is slightly tapered and has beautiful color with green and golden hues and appears to have ripple curl in the pearl. This is a late 19th early 20th century bow imported from Germany and I believe sold in the C.F. Albert shop in Philadelphia. Yup, this is a beautiful old school violin bow that plays powerfully and smoothly. The bow is light in the arm, easy to control and is so smooth. The gram weight is indicative of the period and the stick handles better than well with all kinds of off-the-string games. The bow has strength and will help any player actively create better sound using this responsive, firm bow. This period bow is a gem and not just a house bow. I believe it is something a bit more special brought into our country by C.F. Albert.

Weight fully haired 56.9 grams.