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Varnish Mistake?

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So, on my functional violin, there are these two spots where there are parts of the varnish that are noticeably darker than the surrounding varnish and it does not look intentional. As you can tell from the pictures, the scroll is not bad but the one on the bottom of the violin is the most noticeable. Any ideas as to how this happens and if there's any way to make it less noticeable? Thanks 

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It seems to me that someone was trying to touch up the varnish at the bottom edge of the spruce plate, and using a varnish that did not match the original, and was sloppy with the brush, and did not attempt to remove the excess.  In the case of the scroll, it looks like the brush went over the edge area a second time, perhaps in an attempt to fix the pale area, again with a varnish that did not quite match, and ran over the edge.  In my view, sometimes worn edges are best left alone unless bare wood is exposed.

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Whether it's an artifact of the original making or varnishing process, or retouching (I can't tell from here), I wouldn't worry about it.

To get a strong clue as to whether it is original or not, we'd need other examples by the same maker.

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Sometimes I  see  dark areas like these especially  around the  edges where someone has put varnish over dirt.  When the violin is cleaned, the dirt remains  sealed in.  Also, if thin spirit  varnish is slopped on, the spirit will creep out in all directions, carrying some  varnish with  it and eventually  depositing  a little  ridge of it at the edges of the pool.  The  line on the pegbox looks a bit like this. You see it often enough  on pegboxes and heads, where someone  has painted away on one surface and forgotten  to look to see what was going on around the corner.

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