Violin Bow

Catalogue number: 10.26

Original name: Violin bow.

Maker: School of Dodd, c.1790 (stick).

Technical description: Rounded stick with evidence of a possible graft towards the back.

Open, hourglass ivory frog with anvil heel with later ivory button. Rounded axe style head with ivory face. It is possible the frog and stick were not originally intended as a pair: this frog style was normally used with Cramer style heads (see item 10.17).

Overall size: 726mm.

Weight: 53g.

Hair length: 628mm.

Balance point: 267mm.

Head height: 22mm.

Head width: 10 – 3mm.

Head face length: 30mm.

Frog diameter: 10mm.

Frog height: 21mm.

Stick width: 9 – 5mm.

Button length: 14mm.

Inscription: Stamped “DODD” on thumb side of stick above the frog and on the bottom of the frog on the finger side.

Faults: Spliced handle.

Performance characteristics: Creates a soft sound, easier to crack notes and hard to get loud dynamics.

Illustration references: See below.

Recording references: Click here

Previous owner: E. S. Fry.

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