Violin bow by Charles Louis Bazin, Mirecourt, circa 1925

Violin bow by Charles Louis Bazin, Mirecourt, circa 1925

About Charles Louis Bazin

It would be impossible to write the history of French bow making without a focus on the Mirecourt Bazin dynasty: this family dominated the market from their emergence in the 1840s until the late 1980s.

Charles Louis was the youngest son of Charles Nicolas Bazin and took over his father´s shop in 1907. He made bows under his own stamp and also made excellent-quality unstamped bows for many Parisian dealerships. He was joined in the workshop by his own son, Charles Alfred, in 1922 and the pair worked together for the next 30 years.

About the violin bow

This bow was made in Mirecourt around 1925.

The round stick is of excellent quality pernambuco and measures 731 mm in length. The mounts are of silver and ebony.

The bow weighs 64 and a half grams.

How does it play?

High quality French bows of this period are so rarely as heavy as this one! It's a real rarity and makes the most enormous sound whilst having the same sophistication as its lighter siblings. It's a little like a weaponised Bazin...


The bow is in very good condition with some wear behind the head.


The bow comes with the certificate of Pierre Guillaume.

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