troyster

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  1. There are 19 photos in the Dropbox folder, by the way, and I have them in higher definition if required. Thanks
  2. Good morning In brief, I have recently come into possession of a violin claiming to be a 1898 Collin-Mezin. However, I'm not 100% convinced by this, mainly due to the varnish. I own an authentic Collin-Mezin from 1890s and it has an almost golden varnish that shows off the woodgrain beneath (see the two photos of the violins together). The new one, however, is darker and not well-finished (there is even a fingerprint in it!) Also it is untidy where the ribs meet the face and back. All this could be due to an inexpert luthier opening her up and having a crack at redoing the finish, I don't know. The label and pencil signature look okay, though I'm pinning nothing on that. The black inking on the scroll and rib joins, though, are somewhat more convincing. I have only had access to one other C-M so I'm in the dark here. I'm not even knowledgeable enough to know whether it's based on a Strad, del Gesu or some other shape... I would massively appreciate any help you could give me on deciding whether this is authentic or not. Thank you Images are in the following dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iwbroizpj3sdpi9/AACrTbhAJGMKSbjmmriYKOWSa?dl=0 I had hoped the light would be better so I have used ambient light (murky sunlight!) and flash to give as good a representation of colour as I can.