Bow Maker's Marks

February 7, 2005 at 05:27 AM · Could some kind person help me on this? I have a couple of old bows, and on removing the frog, discovered Roman numerals scratched on the wood beneath (e.g XXXII). What might this indicate? Many thanks.

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February 7, 2005 at 06:02 AM · Never seen or heard of it. Roman numerals imply date - withe the Roman calendar and all. It might mean 1932.

PS, on second thought, I think I have seen this somewhere in the dim past. They're long thin scratches taking up a whole octagon side aren't they? Now I'm curious about it too.

February 7, 2005 at 03:39 PM · Many German production shops used Roman numerals. It's how they kept track of which frogs went with which sticks, similar to the letter-stamping method used by the Hills.

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