Next project is this Ansonia. It seems to be running ok; so it’s basically disassemble, clean, & oil. The case is a mystery. It looks to me like the finish is in good shape - but there is no topcoat on the wood. It looks to me like someone sanded off the topcoat at one point - as the finish feels natural like bare wood.
I have some experience in wood finishing. My plan is just to resand & topcoat the case with oil based spray satin polyurethane; then sand & polish as needed.
I have a few questions. We’re these tambour style clocks generally gloss or satin finish new? Next question, I use oil or water based poly, depending on what I’m doing. I have it on hand & am familiar with it. Seems like with clocks people use varnish or shellac? Is there a reason for that specifically? Different look?