Post a pic or two showing the whole cabinet as it stands now, with the new finish on. depending on the age, it may or may not be lacquer, if older than 1922, it would be shellac with or without varnish coats on top. If shellac alone, then it can be put back in good condition by applying 95% ethyl alcohol one coat brushed on one direction only wet, and left to dry, don't brush back and forth or you will remove some finish.
If shellac with varnish overcoats, again an amalgamator can be brushed on the same way to smooth and level the surfaces. What is really needed though are pics to determine it's age, unless you already know for sure or there are labels or other indicators that can be used to know in one of the drawers or on the back or even underneath, look and see if your not sure OK?
Last edited by chemmy; 05-02-2012 at 02:09 PM.