Collin-Mezin violin authentication:
Help- I am looking at a Collin-Mezin violin made in 1909 and trying to determine if it is genuine. The color of the varnish of the violin bothers me as it is a dark deep brown and I know that these violins are usually yellow-brown or golden yellow. Also, the label is not the label of his later violins... Grand Prix Exposition - should it say that if it is made in 1909 instead of the former label saying Paris, Poisonniere #29? Also, how can I tell if the signature is genuine? There is a flowery signature in ink, I think, on the wood above the label visible through the f-holes. I don't even know if the violin is made by the son or the father (who apparently retired in 1906). The violin sounds nice and I am interested in purchasing it for my son but it is very pricey (close to $10k) and the seller will not let it out of his possession for a second opinion. The seller believes it is genuine and made by the father Collin-Mezin, not the son. I am not entirely convinced. Thanks.
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