German 'Tourte' copy, silver-mounted violin bow

SKU: S303

François Xavier Tourte is, for bow manufacturers, what Antonius Stradivari is for the 19th and early 20th century mass-production workshops of Mirecourt, Markneukirchen and Schönbach – the star maker in the firmament, and therefore the name to put on countless thousands of reproductions. In the case of this octagonal, pernambuco violin bow, the copy, while nothing like the quality of its name-sake, is still a decent playing bow, with good strength and steadiness in the stick. The nickel button may be a later addition or it may be an original match for the nickel frog lining and Parisian eyes, in an otherwise silver-mounted frog.