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Bow for bass viol.

Technical description: The round, slightly concave, dark pernambuco (?) stick ends in a swan head with 'T'-shaped head mortise. The stick has narrow fluting for 166mm, beginning 127mm from the end of the stick, and wider fluting for 17.4mm to the end of the stick. (The end of the stick is interpreted here as excluding the missing button and the nipple.) The bow has an open, screw-mechanism, sloped, ivory frog.Weight: 80 (approximately, as the bow is incomplete).Hair length: 619.Balance point: 304.Head height: 22.1.Head width: 11.95.Face length: 33.7 (mid-point to mid-point).Tip diameter: 6.4.Frog diameter: 10.6 (measured 100 from the end of the nipple).Nipple range: 2.7 to 3.2.Ferrule width: 11.7.Frog + stick height: 33.5.Frog top length: 45.6 (from the broken top edge at the heel to the front).

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    Probably mid 18thcentury
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    University of Edinburgh
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  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:744