Thursday, June 26, 2014

Marriage Marks

One thing we often see on vintage factory violin bows are Roman numerals on the underneath portion of the slide as well as on the stick.  I've heard all sorts of explanations for these things, from price to maker's mark, and so on.  But the most reasonable explanation, I think, is this:  VII frog goes with VII stick, VIII frog goes with VIII stick.  A maker in a factory would have several on his bench at one time, or even a partial assembly line set-up, with it moving along to another maker for the next step in production.

And today I ran across this --

Timber Frame "Marriage" Marks, found in the on-line publication "18th Century Material Culture: The Carpenter and his Tools - Framing."

A traditional technique, it turns out.

1 comment:

  1. I make post office box banks, in runs of varying numbers (depends on the time and materials I started the run with). I don't unite the body and base until after finishing is done, so I use this exact technique, stamping the roman numerals into each with a 1/4" chisel.
    I enjoy your blog tremendously, btw- thanks for doing it!