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My treasured 1854 Wheatstone EC has developed an alarming green tinge on some of the leather work; photo attached which tells the story better than a thousand words.

 

Is there anything I can do to stop this happening, and anything I can do to reverse the green that's already developed? I always keep silica gel packs in my concertina cases and I'm not aware that it's got damp (it's not been played outside for example).

 

All advice much appreciated!

GreenEcEnd.jpg

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You'll find that your concertina actually has a green bellows  which has  darkened  with age  so that in most light conditions  it looks almost black.

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So that’s actually the original colour coming back through, rather than a concertina lurgy?

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Yep!  Though it looks  like  someone has  put new top runs  on with black  leather  and those  new looking papers  cover  the rest  a wee bit.

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