Cello bow, London, circa 1820

Cello bow, London, circa 1820

About early English bows

In addition to well-known makers such as Thomas Tubbs, London in the early 19th century was home to a great many anonymous makers of instruments and bows. These makers supplied the big shops of the day, leaving their work unbranded as the dealers would have required.

Stylistically, bows of this period had only recently moved away from the earlier pike heads of the Baroque era in favour of Transitional bows such as the Cramer model. The Tourte family then developed the higher head familiar to players of modern bows: this cello bow is a good example of the English understanding of that model at the time.

About the bow

This open frog cello bow was made in England around 1820.

The round stick measures 684 mm in length and the bow weighs 74.5 grams. The bow has a replacement nickel button.

How does it play?

This bow produces a silky, smooth sound on a variety of different instruments. It is extremely strong and yet works very well: the bow is definitely worth trying and could perhaps be described as the Marmite of cello bows!


The bow is in good condition. It has a later nickel button and bears possible owner´s initials on the audience side of the frog.

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