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Good morning everyone.

Mrs d'A has an old desk and our son put a damp hat on it and the surface now has some small water stains. Mrs d'A has tried polishing the wood but no joy. Any suggestions as to how to get rid of the stains?

(In the photo, there is a metal disc the size of a £1 coin for scale.)


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I got rid of a white cup ring doing it with a medium heat iron over kitchen roll paper. The moisture is held in the wax as it is white. Rub some meths over gently to get rid of the layer of polish Mrs d'A put on. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbg_91_ngRA tp get an idea

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Thanks! Mrs d'A will have a bash at that.


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Timber looks like elm. Nice. Is it a piece of Ercol furniture?


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Timber looks like elm. Nice. Is it a piece of Ercol furniture?


I don't know as there isn't a label anywhere. It really is very nice. I wish she'd let me use it as a desk but it's standing in the hall. She got it 32 years ago when she was 15. Her grandfather bought it for her so she would have somewhere to do her homework. He was very good with wood - he made us a lovely frame for a large watercolour that we bought when on our honeymoon - so he would have made sure he bought a quality piece for her. She lived with her grandparents and she left it with them when she left home. Her grandfather died not long after she left home and her grandmother died last year so she got her desk back. It has a lot of sentimental value.


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I'm no expert, but the pulls look Ercol-ish.
Good quality, well made furniture. Expensive when new.
People collect it.



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I just had a quick on eBay and you are correct. There are at least four examples on there, two of them have accessory boxes sitting on the top (Mrs d'A's didn't come with one of those). They range in price from £495 to £795! She seems to remember her grandfather paying £120 for it in 1986, which would be around £300 in today's money (according to an online calculator), so it was a good investment.



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