The last pupil of William Retford, William Watson worked for the firm of W.E. Hill & Sons from 1945 to 1962. He continued to make exemplary bows after leaving the firm and built a reputation as an authority on the history of British bow making.
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Watson's bows for the Hill firm are marked with a number 7.
- The auction record for this maker is $9,164 in Feb 2005, for a violin bow. - 81 auction price results.