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shipwright

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 03:04 AM

The piece appears to be pre-pva glue which is a good thing. You are almost certainly dealing with hide glue that has been seriously abused to produce this failure.
You should be able to remove the existing pieces by applying heat and moisture together. Once removed, flatten the veneer by moistening it and pressing it. Then re-glue it with either hot hide glue or liquid hide glue. I would recommend Old Brown Glue. Press the pieces in a veneer press or with cauls and clamps. You won’t need to remove the old glue as the new glue will re- hydrate it.
You should be able to do this without damaging the existing patina and by staying away from “modern” glues you will maintain whatever antique value the piece has.

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