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Violin bows

Violin bows are much more than just an indispensable accessory. The essential contribution of the violin bow to the violin's sound is a well-known secret still underestimated by many players. Or, in the words of maestro Giovanni Battista Viotti: "Le violon, c'est l'archet." Choosing an adequate violin bow that suits both the player and instrument can be a challenging task, and it calls for a broad spectrum of good bows to select from. View our online selection of old and antique bows for stringed instruments ranging from good quality English violin bows, German violin bows and French violin bows to fine works made by historical masters, namely John Dodd, Ludwig Bausch, H.R. Pfretzschner, Morizot, F.N. Voirin, J.A. Lamy, W.E. Hill & Sons, F.X. Tourte, Louis Gillet and Eugène Nicolas Sartory, all of which are professionally worked over with new hair, leather and winding and ready to play, just like all of our other old stringed instruments and bows. Follow the links for special recommendations for viola bows and cello bows online. Search our website for violin bows of a special maker or origin by typing e. g. "German violin bow" or "French violin bow" into the search box. Buy violin bows of quality online at Corilon violins: each one professionally restored by the luthiers in our violin shop and ready to play.

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Good German violin bow, W. E. Dörfler - frog
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Good German violin bow, W. E. Dörfler

Inventory No.: B004
Provenance: Germany
Maker: W. E. Dörfler
Weight: 60.4 g
Year: 2017
Price: 300.0 €

French violin bow, approx. 1920
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Excellent, simple French violin bow, approx. 1920

Inventory No.: B750
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 61.4 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 480.0 €

Good German violin bow, Markneukirchen - frog

Old German violin bow, Markneukirchen, warm, gentle sound

Inventory No.: B691
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 54.0 g
Year: approx. 1930
Price: 650.0 €


Silver mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä - frog

Silver mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä

Inventory No.: B695
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Mathias Thomä
Weight: 58.7 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 750.0 €

Powerful German silver-mounted violin bow, Klaus Ringer - frog
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Powerful older silver-mounted violin bow, Germany, by Klaus Ringer

Inventory No.: B727
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Klaus Ringer
Weight: 61.1 g
Year: approx. 1990
Price: 750.0 €

German lightweight violin bow, soft - warm, mellow tone - frog

Old German lightweight violin bow, soft stick - warm, mellow tone

Inventory No.: B747
Provenance: Unknown
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 54.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 750.0 €


English Silver mounted violin bow: soft stick, mellow tone - frog
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English Silver mounted violin bow: soft stick, mellow tone

Inventory No.: B730
Provenance: England
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 59.1 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 750.0 €

Mozart bow - lightweight, active violin bow, silver, Germany - frog

Mozart bow - lightweight, active violin bow, silver, Germany

Inventory No.: B737
Provenance: Leipzig
Maker: Fritz Wunderlich
Weight: 56.6 g
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 790.0 €

French violin bow from Mirecourt  - frog
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French violin bow, soft player

Inventory No.: B64
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Bazin school
Weight: 62.3 g
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 850.0 €


Markneukirchen violin bow with blank frog - head

Excellent Markneukirchen violin bow

Inventory No.: B629
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.9 g
Year: 1930 circa
Price: 850.0 €

German Penzel violin bow, approx. 1950 - frog
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German Penzel violin bow, approx. 1950

Inventory No.: B756
Provenance: Ostrach
Maker: Penzel
Weight: 59.9 g
Year: approx. 1960
Price: 950.0 €

Silver mounted violin bow, after Lupot - noble tone - frog

Old, silver mounted violin bow, after Lupot - noble, classy tone

Inventory No.: B745
Provenance: presumbaly England
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 63.2 g
Year: 1930/1940
Price: 990.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Antique Klingenthal violin, approx. 1850
  • Raffaele Calace, Italian Neapolitanian violin, 1916 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • French violin bow, J.T.L., made for Pierre Hel (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Fine Markneukirchen master violin bow after J. B. Vuillaume
  • 18th century: Tyrolean master violin, unknown, approx. 1750
  • French violin bow, atelier Charles Louis Bazin (J.F. Raffin)
  • Excellent French violin bow, Morizot Frères (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Charles Nicolas Bazin, fine French violin bow (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • Excellent German master violin bow, warm, fluid sound, 1940's
  • Luigi Galimberti, fine Italian violin, Milano 1925 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • 3/4 - recommendable, old Mittenwald 3/4 violin
  • Fine old viola bow, silver, probably England, c.1920
  • 3/4 - antique Hopf workshop 3/4 violin,19th century
  • 1950's German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog
  • English Silver mounted violin bow: soft stick, mellow tone
  • Fine Italian violin, Primo Contavalli, 1973 (certificate Benjamin Schröder)
  • Fine 18th century violin by Franz Knitl, Freising, 1789 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • 1/2 - old and well played Mittenwald violin, probably Neuner & Hornsteiner
  • Magnificent Italian roundback mandolin, Ermelinda Silvestri, circa 1900
  • 1/2 to 3/4 - rare antique large 1/2 sized, or small 3/4 sized Mittenwald violin
  • Silver mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä
  • Antique Markneukirchen violin, Schuster & Co., after Jacobus Stainer
  • Justin Maucotel: A powerful French violin, c.1840
  • Old English violin, by Dykes & Sons London (W.E. Hill & Sons registration number)