Gand & Bernadel Fres Double Bass Bow circa 1880
If you are a collector, investor, museum or very interested in the history and development of the bass bow then you will most definitely be interested in this rare and intriguing bow. The bow is made from stained-beach-wood and has a thin ebony face, an open ebony frog that is without ferrule or slide and a key-like button that is made from brass. On the handle in the normal position, the bow is branded with a capital B followed by Gand & Bernadel Fres. On the obverse side there is another capital B near to the lapping and a third B is branded towards the centre of the near-side frog. In 1886 the brothers Ernest Auguste Bernadel and Gustave Adolph Bernadel joined Charles Eugéne Gand and established a firm called Gand & Bernadel Frères.
The bow is accompanied by the certificate of Jean-François Raffin dated May 2005, who writes that it is an interesting specimen and that it was made for Gand & Bernadel Frères from the "School of Voirin" around 1880.
Length of Stick - 617mm
Weight - 132gms
Reference number #2666