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caring for antique inlaid game table

I have my grandfather's game table which is over 100 years old and is an intricately detailed piece that unfolds and pivots into three different game boards, a magnificent design in every respect. I'm concerned in my warm and dry apartment that I haven't been maintaining it properly, so beyond more than dusting, I'm looking for advice on how best to care for it, what to use, how and how often, etc. Thanks...

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much appreciated.
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Hello Pshakkour,

From a "museum standard" we do as little to vintage pieces as possible to maintain them. Just warm damp water on a sponge (almost dry) is all that is really needed in most cases to clean if actually necessary beyond dry dusting without any wax or additive. Vacuuming also is warranted and considered safe is the head has a soft non-marring head/brush.

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As I scanned the site offered up guidance that is in basic format and understanding. It sets some sound foundational guidance from what I could quickly read. What I did like the most about their advise is the following statement:

"'s best to consult an appraiser and conservator for values and proper care instructions..."

As such, this is the truest statement on the entire web site. Even they recognize that actual "good care and practice" is beyond the realm of most folks that just restore antiques. North America is getting there in standard but still has a very long way to go comparatively. A very good standard for seeking guidance in such matters is to consult with those that...don't make a living from antiques...directly., like most furniture repair shops, antique shops, and general furniture repair/refinishing centers. These tend to follow "self motivated" reasoning, understanding and profit based standards.

Those that study and care for antiquities tend to have different standards and motivations. Their's are base on what could be called "museum standards." These folks don't work on antiques to make a living...they get paid to study and protect the standards tend to have a completely different motivation.

I should have provided (and will from now on) the following as a reference on such topics as this. Its a good starting point for standards of antiquity conservation, and proper restoration...

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

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