Maker: Arthur Copley, 1932
City: Hanwell, London
Description: This is a very good example of the work of Arthur Copley who worked at Hills bow making in the period 1917 to 1959. This bow which has been used for many years by a top London player and professor is from the period when Hills experimented with Slab cut pernambuco wood. As an extra security measure, the heads were fitted with an invisible pin and the tiniest letter ‘W’ was stamped just above the ebony liner at the back of the head. A good number of these bows have had this letter filed off. This one hasn’t which makes it more interesting.
Brand: W.E.Hill and Sons
Mounts: Tortoiseshell and silver
Playing qualities: Warm, stable, responsive.
Weight: 58 grams
Lapping (wrap): Tinsel and leather
Balance Point: 264
Condition: Good, one small chip to frog.
Supplied with a certificate by: Philip Brown Violins Limited