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Fire damaged Walnut Chest

18th century; Pennsylvania, PA, walnut

This walnut, eighteenth century, Pennsylvania chest sustained finish damage as a result of a fire.  Exposure to heat and water caused the finish to severely bloom.  Treatment with solvents and resin soap was followed by a coat of shellac to even and unify the surface.  Brasses were selectively polished.  All surfaces were waxed.