EDW. HERRMANN Violin Bow, Markneukirchen, Germany, Circa 1950’s


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The very highly regarded Herrmann bow making dynasty extended from 1760-1987 in the area of Germany also known as the Vogtland region. Edwin was born in Schönlind, (Saxony) in 1893. There are records of his bow making from 1919. In the early to mid-20th century, the bows of the Herrmann family, especially bows made by Albert, Edwin’s father, Edwin himself, and Edwin’s son Lothar, sold for the same prices as those of Sartory, Fetique, and Ouchard. Albert Herrmann, the father, learned his trade in the Knopf workshop and made fine bows until the age of 91. Our bow was made by Edwin (Otto) Herrmann who lived from 1893-1972. Many of his bows are branded different ways. With or without the arrow: arrow – name and stars*/**/***. This bow is stamped EDW. HERRMANN on the player side of the stick above the ebony frog. Edwin made artistic bows in his family’s tradition. The condition is very good with no cracks or damage. There is some slight wear on the audience side of the frog near the heel. The bow is of pernambuco specie, octagonal section, nickel fittings, and the frog has two single 8.0 mm mother-of-pearl eyes.

Weight fully haired 61.9 grams.