Samuel Allen

(c. 1838 - 1914)
ALLEN, Samuel Born 1838 Mevagissey, Cornwall, died 1914 London UK. Important and influential English bow maker. An operatic singer and cabinet maker, he is thought to have taught himself the rudiments of bow making before being recruited by the Hills for the workshop in Hanwell, west London, in the 1880s. Early work is strongly influenced by James Dodd (II). Possibly the only bow maker at Hills to make all the bow parts himself; subsequently the various processes were separated out within the workshops. His pupil there was Sydney Yeoman. Left in 1891 and established his own business in St John’s Wood, London, moving to Bolsover Street in 1897. At this shop he also made some violins and a

£ 4,780
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