Probably the greatest bow craftsman of his time, William Charles Retford was initially hired by the firm of W.E. Hill & Sons as an instrument repairer. He began making bows shortly thereafter and developed a lifelong reputation for exquisite and fastidious workmanship and an irascible personality. He and William Napier in particular clashed quite often, but Retford later created a new production model after WWI with Napier’s son Frank, whereby fittings were produced by specialized metalworkers.
Over the course of a 64-year career at the firm, almost 50 as head of the bow department, Retford worked with Alfred Hill to establish the definitive profile of the Hill bow, which involved the careful study of innumerable fine French bows that passed through the firm’s hands. The fleur-de-lys design that appears on frogs of the firm’s finest gold and tortoiseshell bows was one of Retford’s signature ideas. His bows for the firm are marked by a single dot beneath the mortise. Retford continued to make bows following his retirement in 1956, which bear the stamp, “William C. Retford.”
Delivery & Returns
Delivery and Carriage
We will deliver your goods normally within 48 hours if in stock. Please contact us for more information on items which are currently out of stock, and we will send you an email with approximate new stock arrival dates. If you need delivery by a certain time please state this on your order and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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