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Hill Violin Bow 4/4 by Leslie Bailey

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Leslie Bailey join the W.E. Hill & Sons workshop as a bow maker from 1919 until 1939 when he left for war work. He mainly made the Hill workshops “No 3 and No 4” bows and his bows are uniquely stamped with the number 4 on the tip facing underneath the hair.

  • Round Stick
  • Plain Ebony frog w/ silver mountings and tip facing
  • Stamped with the number “4” on tip facing underneath hair

Weight: 58.7g

W.E. Hill & Sons (founded 1880 by William Ebsworth Hill) is a London-based firm that dominated the string instrument and bow market from the late 1800’s and right through the majority of the 20th century. Built on the back of a long family history of violin making since William Ebsworth’s great-grandfather, the workshop was known for its expertise in fine instruments.

The firm had the foresight to restore many important classical Italian instruments, preserving them for years to come while gaining a notoriety for their expertise. They built one of the most notable collections of Stradivari, Amati, and Guarneri instruments such at the Messiah Stradivarius, the only Stradivari-made instrument still in like-new condition.

They had many fine instrument and case makers under its employ, but their speciality was their bows. Alfred Hill instituted an established style for the firm’s bows based on the Tourte violin bow, allowing them to unite the work of a variety of individual makers into a uniformly quality product. Some of the most well-known bow makers who worked with the firm include makers such as James Tubbs and William Charles Retford. In the early 20th century at the workshop’s peak, the firm had been awarded many medals and was appointed amongst the violin and bow makers of numerous European monarchs including the kinds of England, Italy, and Portugal.

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