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Violin bows


"Le violon, c'est l'archet!"

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 violin bows for sale ranging from good quality German, English 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 violins, violas and viola bows and cello bows online. Search our website for violin bows of a special maker or origin by typing e. g. "French violin bow", or "German violin bow" into the search box. Buy old German and French violin bows of quality online at Corilon violins: each one competently restored by our professional violin makers and ready to play.

Information on the selection and care of your bow:

The violin bow: Practical tips on care, rehair and maintenance

A brief depiction of the violin bow's history

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Pernambuco Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1940 - ebony frog with pearl eye
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Markneukirchen violin bow. Made approx. 1940, strong, warm, tone

Inventory No.: B357
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 56.1 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 480.0 €

Excellent French violin bow, Mirecourt approx. 1920 - probably Laberte  - frog

French violin bow. Mirecourt approx. 1920 - probably Laberte

Inventory No.: B768
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.0 g
Year: 1950 circa
Price: 650.0 €

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

Violin bow - Silver mounted, Germany - Lightweight player

Inventory No.: B784
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 56.8 g
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 750.0 €


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

Soft stick, mellow tone: English Silver mounted violin bow

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

Fine German violin bow after Tourte, 1920's - frog

Fine violin bow. Silver mounted master violin bow, 1920's

Inventory No.: B836
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 60.8 g
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 950.0 €


German violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä - frog

Violin bow by Mathias Thomä, Markneukirchen

Inventory No.: B789
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Mathias Thomä
Weight: 58.5 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 950.0 €

silver mounted violin bow, Franz Bergner - frog

Powerful German violin bow, Richard Geipel

Inventory No.: A95
Provenance: Markneukirchen/Schönlind
Maker: Richard Geipel
Weight: 60.9 g
Year: approx. 1990
Price: 950.0 €

German Markneukirchen violin bow with a blank frog - frog

19w0's German Markneukirchen violin bow, with a blank frog

Inventory No.: B758
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.2 g
Year: 19w0 circa
Price: 990.0 €


English violin bow, silver mounted, after James Tubbs - frog
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Silver mounted, after James Tubbs: English violin bow

Inventory No.: B711
Provenance: England
Maker: prob. Richardson
Weight: 58.0 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 990.0 €

Markneukirchen violin bow, Knopf, made c.1880 - frog

Fine quality Markneukirchen violin bow. Knopf workshop, c.1880

Inventory No.: B795
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Knopf workshop
Weight: 55.0 g
Year: approx. 1880
Price: 1200.0 €

French violin bow, Mirecourt, JTL, approx. 1920   - frog

French violin bow, Mirecourt, probably J.T.L., approx. 1920

Inventory No.: B783
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Probably J.T.L.
Weight: 61.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 1200.0 €


Lightweight German violin bow, approx. 1900 - frog

c1900, Interesting antique German violin bow

Inventory No.: B719
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 53.0 g
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1300.0 €

French violin bow approx. 1920 - frog

French violin bow, c.1940, probably Laberte - with a warm tone

Inventory No.: B807
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: probably Laberte
Weight: 58.0 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 1400.0 €

Lothar Seifert, silver mounted German master made violin bow

Lothar Seifert, German master violin bow, silver

Inventory No.: B772
Provenance: Bubenreuth
Maker: Lothar Seifert
Weight: 58.9 g
Year: 1980 circa
Price: 1500.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • German master violin. Made by Herbert Schmidt in Gelsenkirchen, 1965
  • Contemporary Italian violin by Giovanni Lazzaro, Padua 1990
  • Markneukirchen violin, 1930's, Guarnerius model
  • Antique Mittenwald violin, Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1900
  • 19th century Mittenwald violin, made approx. 1880
  • Old German violin. Made in Markneukirchen/Saxony, classical model, approx. 1920
  • Modern Italian violin of the Pollastri-school: Bruno Piastri, 1993
  • Old, c.1920 German violin from Markneukirchen - warm, bright sound
  • Antique, silver mounted viola bow. Fine German work, c.1910
  • Fine French violin No 283 by Gustave Villaume, Nancy 1931
  • Fine soloist violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762 (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • Large French violin. "Nicolas Bertholini" by Laberte, Mirecourt
  • German violin from Mittenwald, Guarnerius model, 1930'ies
  • Fine violin bow. Silver mounted master violin bow, 1920's
  • French violin bow. Marc Laberte, silver mounted
  • Fine cello bow. Joseph Alfred Lamy père, Paris
  • Fine French 3/4 cello bow by Louis Bazin
  • Modern Italian viola, Stefano Conia, Cremona 1985 (certificate Stefano Conia)
  • Master viola No. 19, Klaus Schlegel. Erlbach / Markneukirchen 1988
  • Contemporary Italian violin of the Otello Bignami school: Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • Fine quality Markneukirchen violin bow. Knopf workshop, c.1880
  • Modern Italian violin. Giorgio Grisales, Cremona, 1993 (certificate Giorgio Grisales)
  • 3/4 - Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth concert violin, Bubenreuth, 1965