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RueDeRome96
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Hello,

I have a few questions regarding the appearance of my violin. I have been told it is probably German-made from the first-half of the 20th century. Please bear with me as I have no experience of wood-working or varnishing...

  1.  Is the light-dark pattern of the back due to age and wear (light areas are worn more than the dark ones), or is it due to the way the wood originally took the varnish?
  2. What are the dark spots due to? I read that they are due to dings that happen during the life of the violin. Is that were true, wouldn't the varnish be damaged at each of these spots? It seems that the varnish is as smooth as everywhere else at these spots.
  3. Does the darkness of the back seem mean that it has been repaired?

Thank you.

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Here are my opinions

1. This is "antiquing", or shading, not real wear. It is meant to mimic the real wear on older Italian (and other) instruments.

2. This is rosin gunk. Or perhaps "antiquing" to mimic rosin dust and dirt, sometimes you see this.

3. It does look like it had a center seam repair, is it cleated on the inside?

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3 hours ago, RueDeRome96 said:

Thank you for your replies.

There is no cleat that I can see on the back seem.

I always thought of antiquing as a modern practice. Was it common for early 20th century German makers to antique their products this way?

The early 20th. century, like every other period since the "Age of Discovery" is modern, and yes, they certainly did, beginning by 1860, if not much earlier and we just don't notice.  People were pre-dating labels by 1760, for Heaven's sake.

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13 hours ago, RueDeRome96 said:

 

I always thought of antiquing as a modern practice. Was it common for early 20th century German makers to antique their products this way?

There may be earlier examples, but Chappuy and others were antiqueing in the late 1700s using lampblack at the C bouts. The Fendts and many other Strad copyists were using shading and other antiqueing effects in the early 1800s - by the mid 1800s it was a very widespread practice.

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