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date: 14 November 2019

Bultitude, Arthur Richard locked

  • Charles Beare


(b London, Jan 14, 1908; d March 20, 1990). English maker of violin, viola, and cello bows. In 1922 he joined the firm of W.E. Hill & Sons in London as an apprentice case-maker in the Hantwell workshop, but soon moved to making bows under William C. Retford. After leaving to build aircraft during World War II he returned to become the manager of Hill’s workshops in 1945. He remained with Hill until 1961, when he moved to Hawkhurst, Kent, to begin making bows on his own account; he subsequently achieved worldwide recognition and was awarded an MBE. In his first ten years at Hawkhurst he made more than 1200 bows, all branded ‘A. R. BULTITUDE’, and many inlaid on the frog with his individual Tudor rose design. His bows for Hill are stamped with the number 6. Bultitude helped establish the Retford Memorial Collection of Bows at GB.O.ub. (R.J.M. Sadler: ...

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