Restoration of Gemunder & Sons violin bow

This bow bears a faint stamp that reads Aug. Gemunder & Sons. It was likely made in Germany slightly before the turn of the 20th century.

When the bow arrived on my workbench, the most obvious thing that I noticed was that the original dark varnish was very worn and chipping away in numerous places. Additionally, the frog was missing part of the ebony wing, the grip had largely unwound, the tip ivory was broken, the hair had long ago fallen away, it was crooked and had lost camber, and to top it off, there was an old repair at the butt-end of the stick.

For the restoration, the owner and I decided to leave the old ring-repair at the button, but to restore everything else on the bow.

The following pictures and descriptions document the restoration of this bow.

Gemunder Violin Bow Restoration
The is what the bow looked like when it got to me. There was a large piece of the ebony wing missing on the audience-side of the frog. What is not pictured is the grip virtually non-existent, the tip ivory was broken, and the finish on the stick was badly worn.

I did not take any photos of the work in progress, but the following pictures were taken after the restoration had been completed.

Gemunder Violin Bow Restoration
Here is a close-up of the finished ebony wing-graft.

Gemunder Violin Bow Restoration

Gemunder Violin Bow Restoration
The tip ivory has been replaced.

Gemunder Violin Bow Restoration
Gemunder Violin Bow Restoration
Completed restoration. The finish on the stick was restored, revealing a beautiful mahogany color to the pernambuco. After recambering, a new silver lapping was installed, and last (but not least) new horse hair.

 

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