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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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German violin bow. Very good playing qualities

German violin bow. Very good playing qualities

Inventory No.: B004
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: German workshop
Weight: 61.9 g
Year: 2015
Price: 450.0 €

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 €

Good German violin bow, Markneukirchen - frog

SALE: German violin bow, Markneukirchen, warm, gentle sound

Inventory No.: B351
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.8 g
Year: approx. 1930
Price: 520.0 €


Markneukirchen violin bow with blank frog - head
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Excellent Markneukirchen violin bow

Inventory No.: B593
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.3 g
Year: 1930 circa
Price: 600.0 €

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

Old German violin bow, 1950's  - frog
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Excellent old German violin bow. Sweet, fluid sound, 1950's

Inventory No.: B843
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 57.5 g
Year: approx. 1950
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 €

1930's violin bow from Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone - frog

Albert Schuster violin bow. 1980's Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone

Inventory No.: B815
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 60.7 g
Year: 1930 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 €

Outstanding Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1910 - frog
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German Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1940 - warm tone

Inventory No.: B583
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 57.8 g
Year: early 20th century
Price: 850.0 €

Powerful old violin bow, Markneukirchen c.1940 - frog

Powerful old violin bow, Markneukirchen c.1940

Inventory No.: B517
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: probably Hoyer workshop
Weight: 59.0 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 850.0 €


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 €

German Markneukirchen violin bow with a blank frog - frog
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German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog

Inventory No.: B842
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 57.8 g
Year: 1949 circa
Price: 950.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Old German Violin. Guarnerius model by Hermann Dölling jr., ca. 1920
  • SALE: Antique German violin, 1920's, Markneukirchen
  • Interesting violin, probably Italian 1920's
  • Richly ornated Markneukirchen violin, approx. 1930
  • Justin Derazey, French violin dated approx. 1880
  • Fine Mittenwald violin. After Aegidius Kloz, c.1800
  • SALE: German violin. Made in the 1950's
  • Fine French violin bow. Marie Louis Piernot, Paris (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • Fine Italian violin. Milanese, Liuteria Italiana Luigi Mozzani, 1921
  • Antique German violin. Max Osterode, Stuttgart, 1915 No. 23
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1940 - warm tone
  • 1/4 - Rare French 1/4 violin, approx. 1850
  • Petite French viola: Joseph Nicolas fils, Mirecourt, 1849
  • Excellent old German violin bow. Sweet, fluid sound, 1950's
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog
  • 19th century violin from Mittenwald, approx. 1850
  • Fine contemporary viola bow. Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth
  • Petite, late 18th century Italian violin, central Italy (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • H. R. Pfretzschner viola bow, a strong player, c. 1940
  • Christian Friedrich Meinel, master violin from the Vogtland region, circa 1760
  • 18th century English violin, approx. 1760. Probably James Preston
  • Fine soloist violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762 (certificate J. & A. Beare) - financial investment
  • Giuseppe Pedrazzini, fine Italian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare) - financial investment
  • Bavarian violin from the Krauss workshop, Landshut 1954