Violin bow by Gotthard Schuster, Bubenreuth

Violin bow by Gotthard Schuster, Bubenreuth

About Gotthard Schuster

Gotthard Schuster learnt bow making with his father, Emmanuel Schuster, and continued to work in the family firm until 1931. The younger Schuster proved to be a shrewd businessman and was soon employing eight full time makers, as well as a number of outworkers.

The Schuster workshop was based in Schönbach in recently-formed Czechoslovakia, a town now known by the Czech name Luby. After the Second World War, roughly 12,000 Germans were expelled from the area, including Schuster and his family. Schuster eventually settled in Bubenreuth, alongside a number of other instrument makers from his home town.

Gotthard Schuster had good business connections with a number of American dealers, most importantly Rembert Wurlitzer. This means that many examples of his work can be found in the U.S. today.

About the bow

This violin bow is an excellent example of one of the very fine workshop bows made under Schuster´s direction. This means that each part was made by an individual archetier, each with their own part to play. This process allowed workshops to turn out high numbers of bows or instruments whilst remaining consistent in their quality.

The bow weighs 62 grams and the mounts are of silver and ebony. The stick measures 726 mm in length and is octagonal in cross section.

How does it play?

This is a reliable, relatively strong stick and works well off the string.


The bow is in excellent condition. It bears Schuster´s stamp above the frog on the player side.

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