Period viola bow, copy of original stamped "Fitzpatrick, Cork"

The original bow was probably made by a member of the Dodd family.  Fitzpatrick was most likely the name of an instrument dealer.

The original bow probably dates from around 1765 and has elements of an early transitional as well as a late baroque bow.  The length of  ~71 cm categorizes this as a "long" bow.

This highly figured snakewood bow stick is fluted.  The frog is carved from similar figured snakewood. The button is turned from American Holly (Aquifoliaceae Ilex opaca), a dense, fine-grained native hardwood.

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