What should I do about the tired finish on an antique, Mission dining room set?

What should I do about the tired finish on an antique, Mission dining room set? My daughter returned it to me after 20 years, and the finish is in bad shape. I’m tempted to have it refinished, but I’ve heard that authentic, antique finishes can add a lot of value to furniture, even if they are worn.

Mission is a style of furniture that first appeared more than a hundred years ago. Its features include square design elements and slats. Quartersawn white oak was usually used to make Mission furniture.

The only proper way to assess the value of the current finish is to have it examined by a skilled appraiser. I wouldn’t attempt any kind of refinishing until you do that. What portion of the finish is now bare wood? If it’s more than a little bit, the existing finish probably isn’t worth too much. A skilled furniture restorer can repair an old finish without stripping, though you’d want to ask for references and check them diligently before trusting your dining set to anyone.

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