Markneukirchen Non-Stamped Sterling Silver Violin Bow c. 1910


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As I have studied this bow, my educated guess is that this bow was made in the H.R. Pfretzschner workshop. The quality of the Parisian eye frog, the interior plate work with silver pins, the tolerance of the frog fitted to the stick, and the three-piece endscrew with a double turn in the collar lead me to that conclusion. The bow is beautiful, but I can’t be 100% sure so I’m going with just a Markneukirchen workshop bow. The stick has firmness, it’s exact in the increments in its taper, and the head is well made. We have meticulously gone over the entire bow giving the head a new bone tip, and replacing the sterling silver winding that was not able to be saved. New leathers too. The weight makes the stick easy to manage and the balance is very nice. This will make a fine bow for the player looking to get a great older German stick under 60.0 grams.

Weight fully haired 57.3 grams.