W. E. Hill & Sons violin bow by Johnston
Silver mounted tortoiseshell frog with Parisian eye mounted in the Hill tradition without metal liner, replacement silver wire lapping, round stick made by William Grieve Johnston (1860 – 1944) with the frog made by Arthur Henry Copley (1903 – 1976) in 1930 and stamped W. E. HILL & SONS, weight unknown.
This bow was consigned to us by a colleague and friend who has owned and used this bow professional for more than 25 years. The bow had had a hard life before our friend acquired it, thus it is in fair but good serviceable condition. The tortoiseshell frog has had some damage which has been repaired by Lennox Holt and Jim Ellender, and the stick also has a repair (by Lennox Holt) to the handle but the important thing is that the head is intact with no sign of damage or repair. It is a beautiful playing bow, and because of its condition would suit a player rather than a collector.