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Useful French Furniture Polish

french furniture polish
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861)


1 pint boiled linseed oil​
1 pint mastic varnish​
1 half-pint alcohol​
3 ounces gum sell-lac​
1 stick red sealing-wax​


One pint of boiled linseed oil, one pint of mastic varnish, one half-pint of alcohol, three ounces of gum sell-lac and one stick of red sealing-wax. Dissolve the shell-lac in the alcohol by heat, and the sealing-wax in the oil; then mix all together. Apply to the furniture with a piece of soft flannel, and rub it smartly till dry.​
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