Ideas on the date, authenticity of an Albert Nurnberger bow
I have a bow from an estate sale that is marked as an Albert Nurnberger, and I'm looking for some opinions on it. Photos are linked below, and I can make some better ones if necessary.
The bow is missing the screw, and obviously needs to be rehaired. I'm not a violinist so will likely be selling the bow, but I'm a little skeptical about randomly finding an *authentic* bow like this.
Does anyone have any thoughts about checking authenticity before sending it out for evaluation?
I've got several photos up on Google drive; not sure how to get them to display inline, but here's the location showing the set:
I'd appreciate any help I can get!
I have a cello bow stamped ALBERT NURNBERGER which I have presumed to be original (I obtained it in 1949 with my 1877 German cello). There are numbers and something else stamped on the stick under the frog. Some of his screw caps were unique, like mine, which is pure silver with no other decoration, but some small stamp marks that I can no longer decipher. If you do not have the original screw cap this would decrease the value but not the quality of the bow.
Disclaimer: I'm not an appraiser or instrument expert.
Thanks for the info, both of you.
Round bows are always octagon in the grip area. There MAY be Nurnbergers that are round--I just don't remember seeing any. It depends on which Nurnberger made it if it's authentic. I've never seen one with a plain frog either.
Yeah, stick is branded Albert Nurnberger, that is all that can be told from the photos. There are round Nurnbergers, lots of them. You will need to get it in the hands of someone who knows what they are looking at, no one reputable is gonna say too much of anything with photos. Hard to tell if the frog is original. The cheek is blown out on the side of the head and has been repaired poorly; if this is truly a nickel mounted Nurnberger, it's not worth very much with that damage. Not even worth making a nickel button. You don't need a certificate to sell it, but doubt you'll get much over $100 in its current state.
Maestronet is the best forum for this kind of question.
Thanks again for the replies. Lydia, thanks for the pointer to Maestronet.
A couple of points. First, the adjuster should be a simple one-piece octagonal silver cap. On your bow it has come disconnected and slid off, and what you see there is the remaining ebony core that's usually hidden under the silver.
I think that i might have a bastard Nurnburger frog of the silver type floating around somewhere...
Nickel mount is on a cheaper stick, putting a silver frog on a cheap stick does not make it any better unless your intention is to deceive someone.