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Raffin Certificates

 buying a violin

J.F. Rafin.

We always deliver Raffin certificates together with our fine French violin, viola or cello bows.

This is an extra service and security for our clients that the authenticity of the bow is guaranteed.

Bow expertise is a real skill.

This expertise is definitely needed, certainly if you see the large number of fake bows selled on ebay and elsewhere. Fake new made bows, "made in China" with fake stamps on ...

  • Jean-Francois Raffin is an authority sought after by many buyers of fine bows. His certificates provide a reliable guide in a market where the average price of an antique French bow is well over five times it's weight in gold.

    Condition and authenticity in all parts are more sensitive than for the violin, and many leading dealers do not issue certificates other than with a purchase.

    Atelier Raffin will issue a certificate for a genuine bow at a cost of 5% of the lower value estimate, so a E. Sartory bow valued at £10,000-£12,000 would cost £500 for a bow submitted to them and given a certificate.

    Raffin certificates are often offered by dealers as any search of "French Violin Bow" will confirm.

    They are written in French with 3 printed headings "Baguette" "Hausse" and "Bouton" - Stick, Frog, and Adjuster- followed by handwritten data by Jean-Francois Raffin and his signature.

    The first part of the Raffin certificate indicates if the bow is authentic in all the principal parts. An old bow may have a frog by a later maker, and this would be stated. The mounts are indicated by gold, silver and "mallechort" which indicates nickel or German silver, a mixture, not recognised seperately by Raffin!

  • The full certificate gives an accurate description of the bow. It pays to read the certificate thoroughly with a good knowledge of French or help from a French speaking friend.!!

    European Vions will translate your French Raffin certificate, send us a translation request, and we will translate your Raffin certificate for free.