02:56PM | 08/24/14
I recently inherited an antique mirror from my uncle and even though I am the fourth documented generation to get it I have no idea how old it is. I do know that it is made out of wood and metal and needs to be cleaned badly. I have three questions...

1. The wood has a bumpy texture to it, is this normal for old pieces and can I sand it, stain it, and reseal it?
2. There are metal lion head holders on each side. How can I tell what kind of metal they are. I can unbolt them and remove them completely but they are rusted up and I am afraid I would not be able to get them back on.
3. Since it is a family heirloom and is at least 115 years old would it be better to have it professionally restored? I take pride in doing things myself but I don't know what is going on with the wood and I don't want to get in over my head if that is not normal.


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