Samuel Allen was born in Megavissey in Cornwall in 1838, and trained as a cabinet maker before being recruited by the Hill family in the 1880s to join their bow making workshop. He was probably self-taught, and much influenced by James Dodd, but once he joined Hills, he established standards of workmanship which were to endure for 100 years. Allen left Hills in 1891 and established his own shop in St. John’s Wood, and is considered one of the finest English bow makers.
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