I have an octagon violin bow stamped W.E. Hill & Sons.
I have found out that is was made by Malcolm Taylor. It has a tortise shell frog with
flur d lyes. The button is silver bands with tortise shell in the middle.
The tip plate is silver and has the number 8 stamped on it. Under the frog
is stamped C8 the stick is stamped 59C
There is also a stamp just above the wrap under the stick 131 with a small
8 after it.
My question is what is the 131(8) stamp mean and what do the C8 and 59C
I'm assuming the year 1959.
I did weigh the bow and it is 59.5gr.
Would Malcolm have made the complete bow including the frog by himself or would various parts be made by others?
Are there existing records of bows made by the Hill firm?
How do these bows by W.E. Hill & Sons compare with French bows made around the same time?
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