Among the most esteemed French bow makers of his time, Charles Nicolas Bazin (1847-1915) was born into a family of bowmakers in Mirecourt, France. He was trained by his father, François Xavier Bazin (1824-1865), and after François' untimely death, the younger Charles took over his father's business at only 18 years of age. Becoming a highly skilled and prolific maker, Charles Nicolas made bows for many prominent Parisian shops including those of Joseph Hel and Collin-Mézin. The Bazin workshop thrived to become one of the most successful and renowned in France, and he trained many subsequent makers including his own son, Charles Louis, as well as the Fétique brothers, Émile Auguste Ouchard, and André Richaume. In 1907, Bazin's youngest son, Charles Louis (1881-1953), took over management of the family business while his father continued to make bows until his death. Bows made by Charles Nicolas Bazin are highly desirable among professional players and collectors.