Maker and Restorer of Fine Bows
Michael J. Taylor
ertificates are very important documents that set the provenance of an instrument or
bow and have been around, in various forms, for many years. Very often the instrument or
bow cannot be sold without one; which leaves the owner in a very difficult or unfair
position. Unfortunately, the owner can become a pawn in a much bigger game. Because of
this and the legal consequences, an expert must be trusted by the owners of the bows
The ‘expert’ world of violins and bows is not a science, it is an opinion based on
experience. The better the experience usually the better the expert. However, on a world
platform, experience is very varied indeed and can often result in the same bow certified as
being made by a variety of different makers.
I offer the service of the ‘certification’ of bows for a fee of 10% of the value of the bow
and will not take the writing of a certificate lightly.