Ernst Heinrich Roth Sterling Silver Violin Bow – West Germany circa 1965


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Branded on the butt: W. GERMANY

We have an attractive violin bow made in Germany for the Roth firm. Ernst Heinrich Roth (1877-1948) was a prominent figure in violin making the last half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. His instruments and the workshop instruments were special, and he even made some fine bows early on in his career. His instruments and bows are highly regarded for their superior sound and quality construction. The firm still to this day in their fourth generation produces fine string instruments in Bubenreuth, Germany. From the 1930’s branded Roth bows were supplied to the firm by two different makers: Adolf Schuster and Otto Paulus. These makers supplied unstamped bows to the Roth workshop and the Roth firm graded and stamped them according to their own system. Our bow was made in the 1960’s and I believe it was made by the Otto Paulus firm. The bow has stars which are 5 pointed and the stars have open centers. One star on the left of the stamped name and two stars on the right. The bow is also stamped W. Germany on the butt, which is the flat of the stick behind the frog. Many of these bows were made for export to the West and usually were sold with one of their violins.

The bow is made in pernambuco specie, it is round in section and sterling silver mounted. The head is very nice, strong but not too small and finished off with an ivory face. The ebony frog has single mother of pearl eyes and a three-piece endscrew. The bow is in excellent condition.

Weight fully haired at 61.2 grams.