| January 23, 2012

Around 1980 Cyril Jacklin told me he used to take the boat-train to Paris, before the war, to visit Sartory and buy bows directly from him. Eugène Sartory died in 1946, aged seventy-five. He’d worked for Charles Peccatte and Lamy before making on his own account. Cyril was, of course, amazed at the ludicrous prices […]

William Charles Retford

| April 13, 2011

I’ve just got some fascinating bows for sale. Principal among them is a beautiful silver-mounted violin bow by the legendary William Charles Retford. It has a really good octagonal stick, and weighs 62 grams. It is accompanied by no less than thirteen letters by him to the original buyer, a Mr. Atkinson, who was an […]