Bryant, Percival [Percy] Wilfred
- John Milnes
(b London, England, 1902; d Ovingdean, Sussex, England, March 1, 1994). English bow maker. He worked for George Withers at 22 Leicester Square, London, from 1920 until the shop closed in 1932. (Another branch of the Withers family led initially by Edward Withers II traded at a different address until 1987.) In 1939 he moved to Ovingdean, East Sussex, where in later years he made many baroque bows. Bryant’s importance lies in his being one of the few makers of repute in England from the first half of the 20th century who were not trained in the Hill workshops. The Withers shop evidently gave him the opportunity to study masterworks of bow making, and he had the talent to profit from this observation. Characteristics of his style include an angled facet at the heel of the frog and a Hill-style groove in the handle to prevent the frog rocking. He also made snakewood bows for viols....