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2009/3/4 Double bass bow, pernumbuco / hair / metal / ebony, made by Robert Proctor, Perth, Western Australia, probably 1980-1990. Click to enlarge.

Double bass bow made by Robert Proctor

Made by Proctor, Robert in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 1980-1990.

The Powerhouse Museum’s collection of Australian made violins and other bowed string instruments is without parallel. It features some of Australia’s earliest and leading makers from the 1850s to the present day such as John Devereux, William Dow, AW Heaps, AE Smith, William Dolphin, Guy Aubrey Griffin and Harry Vatiliotis. Although many have followed established European traditions some makers have also adapted to the local environment by incorporating the use of local timbers or other design f...


Object No.


Object Statement

Double bass bow, pernumbuco / hair / metal / ebony, made by Robert Proctor, Perth, Western Australia, probably 1980-1990

Physical Description

Double bass bow with octagonal stick, made from pernumbuco wood, which has a modern head. The bow has an ebony frog with a circular decorative eye made of mother of pearl with a metal ferule, possibly made of gold. A leather pad with adjacent lapping cover the bow near the frog end of the stick. At the very end of the bow is an ebony and metal (possibly gold) button. The stick is stamped with the maker's name above frog. The bow is fitted with hair.


Stamped, above frog, 'PROCTOR'.



37 mm


18 mm



This bow was made by Robert Proctor in Perth, Western Australia probably between 1980-1990. Proctor has since made a successful career as a bow maker in the USA.



Collected by the donor.


Credit Line

Gift of Lennox Holt, 2009

Acquisition Date

14 January 2009

Cite this Object


Double bass bow made by Robert Proctor 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 May 2019, <>


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