This viola bow was probably commissioned by Louis Panormo and made to his specifications by a member of the Tubbs family. Its large proportions, heavy chamfers running down the front of the high head and the square throat in the frog are all features commonly associated with bows branded by Louis. There is no shoe on the upper face of the frog, suggesting the bow was made around 1840, before this feature was adopted in England.
Panormo – the life and work of Vincenzo and his sons. Exhibition Catalogue, Andrew Fairfax, Andrew Fairfax, Panormo – the life and work of Vincenzo and his sons. Exhibition Catalogue, London