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Antiquing or patina?

P J Lester

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On some old violins the antiquing is rather simple. Markneukirchen makers used ‘Setzerbeize’ to be stomped into the still soft varnish, mostly around the edges. French makers made often ‘la moustache’ which is a blackened area between bridge and fingerboard. Yours could be the latter, but there is a chance that it has naturally enlarged with colophany dust and dust. 


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