Thanks for the comments so far. Those I had talked to before posting said popular or chestnut. I had not considered pine. I guess because there are no knots. Something this old might not have had knots like today.
Stained, or originally painted then stripped? Is it all one wood, considering that it was originally surely painted? It doesn't look like a single kind of wood to me. The board under the wing ornament looks like a nice hardwood, while the boards under it look to be a different wood. The details look too crisp to be centruy-old beat up pine.
You'd have to see it in person, but from the picture I'd guess mixed lighter hardwoods, one or more of poplar (ie, tuliptree), chestnut, sweetgum. Is it from the South?
After talking to the customer more, it was made by her great great grandfather. It could verywell be 150 years old. To her knowledge it had not been refinished, ever. Again thanks for the help. This will be a process.
I'm not really good at this subject but looks like a mixture. I can see possible popular and may be pine. I would love to know what stain would give it the color your going to have to match. Hope you'll post it when done.
Don't really know The blotching makes me think maple as 1st choice. Pine does the same, but I think the wood is too clear ( no knots). I am not sure on Adler, but I think it also blotches. I haven't used sweet gum, but maybe that is it.
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