In most parts of Europe, until well after the middle of the 18th century, the prevailing type of bow for all bowed instruments was the clip-in bow. Even Leopold Mozart's "Violinschule" of 1756, depicts only clip-in bows and they can be detected in the iconography until 1800. The clip-in bow is not a single type and may be sub-divided both in terms of musical periods and geographic regions. The bows I offer are based closely on a range of originals from the 1620's to the late 18tyh century and the originals are of English, French, German and Italian origin

Viol Bows: From the early descriptions and iconography it has been possible to reconstruct the original states of a number of fragments of early English and French viol bows that are to be found in European collections (see my article on reconstructing the French Viol Bow in the articles section)


This is one of 3 styles I offer. It is snakewood with mammoth ivory fittings and includes the ubiquitous turned ivory counterweight, so vital to the proper balance of viol bows. based on a french original, its stick varies between a diamond-shaped cross-section near the tip to octagonal at the handhold. The overall length can vary between 780 & 830mm and the weight between 70 and 85 gms.



The last bow is an example of the clip-in style adapted for a screw mechanism if required by the player. All original viol bows until the 1730's appear to have been clip-in bows.

LATE 17th CENTURY VIOLIN BOW - French or English.

The original of this bow is in the Power House Museum in Sydney and is a truly remarkable bow, both for its state of preservation and also its unique playing qualities. It is quite short at 638mm and weighs 49gms. The boxwood frog appears to be original and the entire stick is a standing oval in cross-section, making the bow very strong and quick to speak. Viola cello and violone models also available.


There are many other models available for all instruments. Please e-mail for more details.