Malcolm Taylor violin bow for W. E. Hill and Sons
Begun in 1880 by WIlliam Ebsworth Hill (1817–1895), the London-based company of W. E. Hill & Sons grew to become one of the most important in violin making history for over 100 years. As leading experts on historic Cremonese instruments, W. E. and his four sons handled the restoration and sales of the world's finest instruments, including those of Stradivari and Guarneri. Particularly known for their bows, Hill & Sons employed numerous top bow makers, including Malcolm Taylor (1934–2012), one of the last members of the dynasty of English bow makers of the 20th century. Taylor began working for W. E. Hill & Sons in 1949, before establishing his own shop in Devon in 1973. In 1981, Taylor made a set of bows to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.