I give up! Looks like it might once have been quite chic.
maybe many, many years ago!
It looks as though it is veneered, Maiden. If the veneer (thin wood-shavings glued to the main structure, like gold-leaf) are sound and not peeling away, then all you need do is clean them, lightly sand them back to the wood, then re-polish the surface and wax or varnish it properly. If the veneer is coming away from the wood backing, then you can re-veneer those patches, but that will take a bit more expertise. Find a local expert to give you on site advice.
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re: Tom's suggestion. Don't sand it, use 00 wire wool (the very finest), then just polish. It's what dealers do! Sorry Tom.
Ill keep you updated with pictures of the work in progress..
oh i cannot wait to see how this turns out!it looks art deco. but im not a professional lol just what popped in my head when i saw it :)could be beautifuli love things that have potential :)