I picked this up about a fortnight ago. It was listed as purely as 'Chair' and was £8, so this is possibly my second best score of all time.
Firstly I am really baffled as to whether it's rosewood or not. There's very dark figuring on the armrests and some really beautiful dark figuring on the backrest, but I know you can get pretty dark figuring in teak too. The end grain on the arm rests is the part that makes me think it is rosewood. It's fairly evenly spaced and not in any particularly pattern. And then the legs look entirely devoid of ANY figuring teak or otherwise. Doesn't help that the finish is well past it's best cracking and even quite opaque in some areas.
So the next point for me is, how do I deal with them?
-Is the finish shellac now? What's the easiest way to find out and remove?
-Is it okay to sand the wood down, or is that against the idea of conservation?
-What is the traditional finish on these chairs? Oil and wax? Shellac?
-How easy is it to reupholster one of these? Is papercord preferable?
Thank you very much for reading all that. I've attached some pictures to help.