A French violin bow made, in our opinion, by Joseph Voirin circa 1870. The round massaranduba stick bears the maker's brand stamp and ismounted with the original ebony and nickel fittings.
Joseph Voirin (b.1837, d.1895) was a French bow maker. Born in Mirecourt, he was the younger brother of François Nicolas Voirin, a highly esteemed bow maker and cousin of famed luthier J. B. Vuillaume.
In 1855, 18-year-old Joseph Voirin moved to Château-Thierry to work for Gautrot until 1867. He eventually set up his own workshop in Rue Sainte-Marguerite, where he employed Alfred Lamy.
His bows are known for "bringing down the strongholds of fanciful bows like sautillé and staccato," according to Universal Dictionary of Violin & Bow makers by William Henley. Some of his works are inspired by Lupot, and he was known to utilize woods other than pernambuco for his well-crafted sticks. Though the majority of his work does not bear his stamp, some were signed "Jh Voirin A Paris" on the stick below the frog. Voirin died in 1895 at the age of 50.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Raffin, Le Canu, and Bigot.