I was recently talking to a friend about antiques and he told me that he took this old chairs with a ball and claw on it to a furniture refinsiher to have it repaired and refinsihed. Well they refinsihed it but did a poor job of doing it. They stained it and it came out blochy and un even and the top coat they put on is uneven and not very glossy. 1 he should have never had it refinished in the frist place when you take off the old finish off of old furniture it loses it's patinea an value. What he should of done was just put a lite coating of some furniture wax to protect it. The person he took it to i would not even let look at it never mind tuch it. Some people are craftsman and some are butchers it is a shame to see a pieces like this be distroyed.