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Lovely jelly cupboard, lead paint - is it likely original finish?

7 months ago

Found this treasure high above some old beams in my grandma's old farmhouse. It has to have been up there for decades - no one knows how or when it got up there, but the house has been in the family over 100 years.

The paint on the inside is okay, but the mauve-ish color on the exterior tested positive for lead. I'm trying to date the piece and also figure out if this was likely the original finish and should be preserved by some sort of encapsulation, or if it was likely wood and would be better if stripped?

Not sure if the item has any value - or if stripping would affect the value. I would likely leave it natural wood if I did strip it (using extreme caution course).

Thanks much for any help!

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