Good Questions: Translating Furniture Stamps?

Good Questions: Translating Furniture Stamps?

Aaron Able
Sep 10, 2008

Kate asks for help: I bought a set of four very sturdy blond wood chairs at Brimfield, planning to recover the seats and stain the frames ebony. Before I let loose on them, though, I wanted to make sure they're nothing valuable. The bottoms of a couple of them are stamped "GOOGS WHEAT OLIVE DURAN." I assume the original seat was olive colored and the finish was "wheat" (since it's very wheatish-looking), but GOOGS and DURAN have me stumped...

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On a related note, I'm considering using Circa 1850-brand "Stain n' Varnish" instead of staining and varnishing seperately. Does anyone have experience with that product on furniture?

Thank you so much,

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