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Hidden antique found through refinishing

Occasionally there is a surprise when repairing or refinishing a piece of furniture. I once refinished a piece of furniture that was in a fire and needed to be refinished. The smoke had permeated the inside of the cabinet and darkened the outside. In order to rid the inside of smoke I had to take it apart. Clean and then seal the interior with finish. In that process I found an old coin that was in perfect condition wedged behind a drawer rail. As it turned out that piece of furniture had been in a fire in San Francisco in 1906 and the coin was minted there in San Francisco around the same time. When I delivered the furniture, I gave the coin to the owners. They told me they had inherited the piece and moved it all over the world. They never knew they had two antiques in the same piece. They were thrilled.

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