Dearing Violins Antique Violins & Bows

VIOLINS £10,000 and Lower

At Dearing Violins Ltd, we invite you to delve into the world of rare musical treasures, where history and artistry intertwine to create harmonious masterpieces. Our curated collection of UK based antique violins and bows transports you to an era of elegance and refinement, offering musicians an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the past while creating soul-stirring melodies for the present.

Restoration and Care

Here at Dearing Violins Ltd, we hold the preservation of musical heritage close to our hearts. Our team of expert luthiers ensures that each antique violin and bow is restored with the utmost respect for its authenticity and integrity. We also provide comprehensive guidance on maintenance and care to ensure your instrument stands the test of time.

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With a network of contacts that spans the globe, we ensure that musicians from every corner of the world have access to exceptional instruments and bows. Whether you’re in search of a masterfully aged violin from Europe or an innovative bow from Asia, our international presence ensures that you can explore a diverse range of options. 

Unveil the true essence of your music with instruments that resonate on a profound level. Join us at Dearing Violins Ltd and embark on a journey of sonic exploration, artistic expression, and musical fulfilment. 

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With customers spanning the UK, India, China, Dubai, Japan, and the USA, Dearing Violins Ltd understands the diverse needs of musicians across continents. We offer personalised consultations to guide you through our collection, ensuring you find an instrument that aligns with your artistic vision and technical requirements.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment, explore our collection, and experience the world of fine violins and bows like never before. Your masterpiece awaits.

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John Walker, Solihull, Birmingham Fecit Anno 1926

John Walker was featured in a 1920 edition of the British Violin Maker’s dictionary for his beautiful amber oil instrument varnishes. Primarily occupied with instrument repairs and restoration, he made a relatively small number of instruments over the course of his lifetime. Even so, Walker’s instruments are known for their aesthetic as well as sonic beauty that evidence the maker’s experience with fine violins.”

(Terra Nova violins)

I would like to add that his later works with a light red chippy varnish are not in the same league as his earlier works up to and around 1935.

John walker studied alongside the great Carl Becker of Chicago, then moved to the U.K. (Birmingham)

This fine example is in perfect condition.

LOB: 359 mm

£9,000

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Christopher Rowe, 1995

Christopher Rowe attended Newark School of Violin Making from 1984 to 1987, during which time he won a joint runner up violin prize at ‘Facta Britannia’ 1986. On leaving Newark he worked as a repairer/restorer for a short while at Edward Withers until the retirement of Dietrich Kessler. From that point until the present day he has only made his own instruments. Over the years Christopher has tried out many patterns, but has now settled on three violin patterns: 1735 Guarneri del Gesu (Plowden), a 1716 and a 1724 Stradivari. The viola pattern is based on Amati. To date Christopher has made over 450 instruments, including cellos.

Christopher is a lender to the Benslow Music Instrument Loan Scheme which is a UK charity that lends high-quality instruments to talented young musicians. He also has a viola on permanent exhibition in the Museo del Violino, Cremona.

Awards include:

Gold medal for viola Cremona 1997

Bronze medal for violin & viola Mittenwald 1997 Special mention for violin & viola Paris 1999

Played professionally from 1995-2021 when the lady sadly passed away.

A truly fabulous violin.

LOB: 358 mm

£9,000

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William Atkinson, 1891

William Atkinson AKA the Tottenham Strad.

A beautiful English violin In amazing condition.

His violins are well-known for their great tonal qualities.

LOB: 358 mm

£8,500

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French Violin Labelled Lafleur, 1894

This violin is an excellent sounding old French violin after Stradivarius. It is an instrument labelled “Lafleur Paris and London” indicating it was made for or in collaboration with one of the major London violin firms. The workmanship is of excellent quality and aesthetics. The woods are beautiful and well selected – the top made of medium grained spruce, the two piece back of flamed maple.

A good Mirecourt violin

Plays as well as any pre-1900 Collin Mezin

LOB: 359 mm

SOLD

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Arnold Voigt, Marknekirchen

A great example made by Arnold Voigt himself


Dark,powerful and easy to play. 

LOB: 358 mm

Great condition

£7,500

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Paul Bisch, 1943

Bisch’s career production is estimated at around 500 instruments and range from student instruments to concert violins. The best samples bearing his stamp are both signed and numbered.

Honours and Awards
1924 Silver Medal at the Nancy Exposition
1927-1961 Gold Medal at the Paris Exhibition
1928 Grand Prix of Craftsmanship
1961 Best French Craftsman

This striking Guarneri copy made by Paul Bisch is branded and dated inside.(1943)

The tone Is typical of a good French violin from this period.

Strong, pure and bright. 

LOB: 358 mm

£7,500

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Jeffery.J.Gilbert, Peterborough 1891

A fantastic Guarneri copy with a dark rich tone.

LOB: 356 mm

The violin is crack free.

By William Meredith Morris

He is the son of Jeffery and Eleanor Langley Gilbert, and was born in New Romney on Aug. 16, 1850. He is the direct representative of an old Kentish family, one of the most notable members of which, in recent times, was Sir Jeffery Gilbert, whom the learned in the law described as ” the accomplished exchequer baron.”

He received private tuition till he was about twelve years of age, after which he spent some years at the Crockley Green Grammar School, which was then under the mastership of Mr Thomas Dalby. Mr Gilbert is one of the leading makers of modern times, and his workmanship, varnish, and tone give him a place amongst the very select few of the innermost circle of present-day makers. Although he has always been of an artistic and musical turn of mind, he was more than twenty years of age before he had any kindly feelings for the violin in particular.

Having once caught the infection he was soon in the firm grip of the fiddle ” disease.” His father in his own early days was an enthusiastic amateur player and maker, and from him, he seems to have inherited the practical side of his character. He commenced his early studies quite unaided, as his father did all he could to discourage the budding “Stradivari,” intending him for another career; and, living as he was in a small isolated town, there were no opportunities of gaining any knowledge whatever upon the subject.

The purely mechanical part of the work never presented any great difficulty to his hand and eye, but he was not long in recognising the fact that it required something more than an expert use of carving tools to create a masterpiece in tone, and especially was the difficulty of an approximate reproduction of the fine old varnishes realised by him.

About this time he made the acquaintance of several connoisseurs in London, notably that of the late Charles Reade, the late George Hart, Mr Horace Petherick, Dr John Day, and George Withers, all of whom took a kindly interest in his work, and from time to time gave him useful hints. Mr Reade was especially interested in his varnish studies, and on the eve of his last departure for the Continent, a short time before his death had a long chat with him on the ” mysteries ” of old Cremona.

It was at this final parting that Reade spoke to him the cheery words, ” Go on, Mr Gilbert, do not get discouraged, I am sure you will succeed in the end.” This was in allusion to the varnish problem. In 1876, Mr Gilbert was married to Miss Lily White, in St. John’s Church, Peterborough. He has six children, named Jeffery Francis White, Charles Clement, Catharine Eleanor, Leslie Baker, Kate Julia, and Frederick William. Up to date, Mr Gilbert has made 166 instruments, comprising six ‘cellos, thirty violas and viola altas, and the remainder violins. His aim has always been quality, and not quantity, and he carefully studies each instrument during its construction.

His models have varied from time to time, and are original, without being vagaries on the one hand or slavish copies on the other.

£7,500

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Emanuel Whitmarsh, London 1907

Awarded a medal at the Inventions Exhibition, London, 1885 for one of his instruments, Emanuel Whitmarsh was a very talented luthier.

This is one of his finest works, we can tell by the price he charged for the instrument. £10 in this case, which was the most expensive of his violins. (Ranged from 4-10) British pounds.

Mint condition with original papers and receipt.

Fantastic tone, very responsive and easy to play

LOB: 358 mm

£8,500

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The “Ardeton”, Liverpool 1937

This violin is the highest grade made by Rushworth & Dreaper.

A strad model made by Richmond Henry Bird.

Great condition 

LOB: 355 mm

Below original article from R&D catalogue:

“The “ARDETON” Violins are made throughout in our own workshops in Liverpool, and are the result of many years of experiments in acoustics, tone production and a close analysis of the best works of Amati, Stradivarius and Guarnerius. The plates are accurately adjusted to the favourite thicknesses used by Stradivarius, and are harmonically tuned. The resultant tone is free and sonorous, of exceptional purity, even on all strings, and possesses that reed-like guality peculiar to the finest old Italian masters.

Harmonics of beautiful quality are obtained with ease, and the workmanship is of the best and accurate in every detail.

The varnish used is the celebrated ” Apollo ” Oil Varnish made from RUSHWORTH & DREAPER’S own prescription, which has a world-wide reputation, and is used by many of the leading violin makers. The prejudice of many instrumentalists against new instruments is due to the fact that many makers produce violins which have a good tone while they are new, but after a few years playing the tone depreciates.

This is due to the fact that they are made too thin, and while they are brilliant in tone for a short time they will not stand the strain of continual playing.

This is particularly noticeable in many of the modern French instruments. The secret of the success of the “Ardeton” Violins is that although the tonal quality leaves nothing to be desired while they are new, owing to the correct thickness of the back and front, the makers are able to guarantee that the tone will improve with use. In addition to the Stradivarius model, copies of Amati or Guarnerius can also be supplied.”

£7,000

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Andreas Renisto,1928

A striking violin with a fabulous tone. 

This Violin is extremely well made with the best woods and a luxurious oil varnish that is very Italian in texture and colour. 

 

LOB: 358 mm 

The condition is perfect

£6,500

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Joesph Chevrier Exposition Violin

Joseph Chevrier was a director at Jérôme Thibouville Lamy and also a very fine maker.

Labelled Joseph Chevrier Luthier | Mirecourt | Exposition Universelle Paris 1889 | Médaille D’or and signed internally by Joseph Chevrier. Branded JTL to the top block. 

A very well engineered violin with a magnificent tone. 

 A fun fact, the cleats are countersunk along the centre seam.

 LOB: 359 mm 

£6,500

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E Whitehead, London 1887

A lovely English violin with a beautiful highly flamed maple back.

A very responsive violin with a beautiful dark tone.

LOB: 358mm

£5,500

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H. Emile Blondelet, 1927

A very nice example of a violin made in Mirecourt, France in 1927 by H. Emile Blondelet. The violin is branded and labeled.

Described in Henley’s Dictionary as “Excellent workmanship”.

Emile Blondelet was a director for the JTL firm.

LOB: 359mm.
Excellent condition totally crack free

£5,000

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An English Violin by John Priestnall, 1884

An English violin by John Priestnall branded J. Priestnall/Rochdale on the inside back.

Labelled & dated 1894

LOB: 360 mm

£4,500

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Marc Laberte WorkshopViolin, Circa 1910

A good Mirecourt violin without cracks. A good well rounded tone and easy to play.

LOB: 358mm.

£4,500

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Louis Lowendall Grand Concert, 1897

The Grand Concert is the top model

Guarneri copy

Sounds excellent as these violins always do. Crack free, Light weight, Signed and Labelled.

LOB: 357 mm

£4,000

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Jerome Thibouville Lamy

A striking Jérôme Thibouville Lamy Barrel D’apres from their virtuoso line. (D*) branded on the inside.

Mint condition with a brilliant and bright tone.

LOB: 359 mm

£4,000

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A Good Berlin Violin, Circa 1890

No cracks and a wonderful tone.

LOB: 357 mm

£4,000

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Jerome Thibouville Lamy, Circa 1890

From the Virtuoso line

Light weight

Great sounding with lots of power

Easy to play

Perfect condition

LOB: 358 mm

£4,000

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East German Violin, Circa 1880

A beautiful East German violin.

The condition is perfect.

A dark and powerful tone.

LOB: 359 mm

£3,500

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Louis Lowendall

A very attractive Maggini copy with an extraordinary tone. Labelled and signed.

LOB: 360 mm

£3,500

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Louis Lowendall, 1899

Perfect condition bar a few scuffs and small scratches.

Beautiful quilted maple back.

Huge sound that carries well.

Labelled and signed internally.

LOB: 359 mm

£3,500

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JTL, Breton Brevete

A nice example in perfect condition.
A big open french tone.

LOB: 359mm

£3,000

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Louis Lowendall Amati Copy

Perfect condition
Beautiful quilted maple back
Sounds rather great.

LOB: 358 mm

£3,000

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A Good German 3/4 Size Violin

Bearing a Klotz label and in mint condition, this violin is perfect for a promising student.

Easy to play and very even, it offers everything that one needs.

LOB: 335 mm

£2,500

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A Laberte Ladies Violin, Circa 1920

A slightly smaller body yet a huge tone. Very easy to play and no cracks.

LOB: 350 mm

£2,250

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Guiseppe Maravelli,1890

A good German trade violin made for Beares London. 

LOB: 358 mm

£2,000

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Contemporary Violin Branded L.Kappler

Very well made and quite attractive. Probably made in Eastern Europe.

LOB: 358mm

£2,000

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Czech Violin, Circa 1930

An attractive Czech violin circa 1930

LOB: 355 mm

£1,500

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Based in the UK, Dearing Violins Ltd supply high quality vintage violins to customers worldwide. We also supply  instruments to schools, students and teachers.

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