In addition to the Hill trademark Beare's has acquired the company's records, including sales ledgers and certificates, and the Hill accessories line
International violin dealer J&A Beare, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary, has acquired W.E. Hill & Sons with the purchase of all its shares.
Founded in 1887, London-based stringed instrument specialist W.E. Hill & Sons was considered one of the world's leading dealers, attracting some of the finest makers and repairers - particularly of bows - to its workshop.
Although the company officially ceased operation in 1992, sons David and Andrew Hill have continued to operate as independent dealers, selling accessories, including E strings, rosin and cleaner, through musical instrument wholesaler Barnes & Mullins.
In addition to the Hill trademark Beare's has acquired the company's records, including sales ledgers and certificates, and the Hill accessories line, which it will look to expand in the future.
'W.E. Hill & Sons is synonymous with quality and expertise. For generations it was the world's preeminent violin dealer,' said Beare's managing directors Simon Morris and Steven Smith. 'Now, in our 125th year, Beare's is proud to help our clients further by combining the historic resources of Hill's with our own. Furthermore, this means that the famous Hill accessories will continue to be manufactured and sold as they have been for many years.'