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SOLD Mid-19th Century German Bow

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bows' started by Calvin Marks, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Hi there!

    I have had this bow for about 10 years and haven't used it very much. I originally bought it from a student at Oberlin. It works quite well with gut strings and decently with steel.

    Bows like this were quite common in the mid 19th century and they started to have thinner sticks, more camber, and closed frogs towards the end of the 19th century.

    This example has an tall open frog with a screw that functions well. The tip of the bow is a bit "crude" but it draws a big sound and is well balanced. There is no stamp and I am unsure of the wood.

    The frog is probably a bit taller than a regular german bow frog - my hand is small.

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  2. Cool old shovelhead! If you don’t find a buyer here, QBC digs those and might be interested.
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  3. Hi, I may be interested in the bow. Can you take some measurements? Hair length, stick length minus screw, weight? It may be brazilwood seeing the exposed wood grain. Cheers
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  4. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Sure! It could certainly be Brazilwood.

    Playing Length of Hair: 523mm
    Stick Length minus Screw: 648mm

    Not sure about the weight - it isn't a heavy bow

    I haven't re-haired it in 10 years so if you want to knock 100 bucks off the listing price that would be fine by me.