A French violin bow made, in our opinion, by Louis Joseph Thomassin. The round stick bears the maker's brand stamp and is mounted with the original fittings.
An important late 19th century French maker from the Thomassin family of archetiers, Louis Joseph Thomassin was born in Mirecourt in 1856 and died in Paris circa 1905. He studied bow making with his uncle, Nicolas François Thomassin (1833-1903), alongside his cousins Victor Thomassin (1856-1920), and Claude Auguste Thomassin (1865-1942) in the Bazin workshop in Mirecourt. In 1872, Louis moved to Paris to work for François Nicolas Voirin until Voirin's sudden death in 1885. Under the direction of Voirin's widow, Louis Thomassin continued making bows stamped with Voirin's name before establishing his own business in 1891. Louis Thomassin's bow models closely follow those of Voirin, which were very influential among other French makers of the period. From his independent workshop after 1891, Louis Thomassin made bows stamped with his own name for numerous French ateliers, including Nestor Audinot, Paul Blanchard, Chanot & Chardon, Gand Bernardel frère, and Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Salchow and Sons.