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finish on a Victorian fainting couch

Posted By: Ani DiFazio <adifazio@humrro.org> (mail.humrro.org)
Date: 4/18/5 16:21

Hello - I have a Victorian fainting counch that is in all original condition. I believe the wood surface is walnut and is dry and nicked in some places, but otherwise in decent shape. What is the least obtrusive way to make the wood look a bit better? I believe less is better. Someone suggested applying varnish on it - was varnish used in the 1870s or would they have used shellac? Would a couple of really good coats of beeswax and a wax stick do the trick? Thanks so much.

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