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W.E. Hill & Sons Frank Donald Napier | Violin Bow

Category: Violin Bows
Manufacturer: W.E. Hill & Sons / Napier, Frank Donald


Bow Type: Violin

Year: 1920

Price: Upon Request

Maker: W.E. Hill & Sons Frank Donald Napier

Description: The W. E. Hill and Sons firm was one of the longest lasting firms in the world, certainly in England. Their roots run deep, dating back to at least 1753 when Joseph Hill was crafting and restoring fine instruments. The firm continued to produce the highest standard of craftsmanship throughout the centuries. Many of the top bowmakers trained in the Hill and Sons firm, including James Tubbs, Arthur Bultitude, William Charles Retford, and many others. From this, the firm was able to gain a healthy reputation for producing the finest quality bows.

Frank Napier, the third son of William Napier, joined the firm of W.E. Hill & Sons in 1904. In collaboration with William C. Retford, he devised a new production model which employed specialized metalworkers for bow fittings. He left in 1930 to open his own shop in Cornwall. Napier's bows for the firm are marked with three leaves, or occasionally stamped with Roman numerals.

This bow is in excellent condition at this time. Weight: 59.5 grams

Terms: This fine bow has been hand selected for addition to our catalog and is available for examination and trial. If you wish to inquire further about this bow, please contact us using the green button at the top of this listing or call 1-818-762-1374 during business hours.

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