Mahogany Is Not Brown
Mahogany Is Not Brown
Maahogany Is Not Brown. It's The Way It's Polished. Stephen Alexander. Makes Wood Look Good.

Mahogany Is Not Brown It’s The Finish That’s Brown


My job as a French polisher is to bring the colour and vibrancy to your furniture a lot of polishers past and present particularly from 1870s to present date use colour polish in abundance to colour wood good polishers carefully stain wood and polish with lightly tinted polishes such as Button polish a slightly orange or garnet polish brownish in colour.

Just using dark colour polish which at its worst is like paint this quicker cheaper way of polishing result’s in what is known as Georgian brown Mahogany through out the trade and else where. When hand polished wood is often a mgamut of colour and interest please look at my images . There are good reasons why a lot of Mahogany is brown and I will be returning to subject in more depth soon.

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Brief  Guide To Buying Antique Furniture


It is rare to find a piece two hundred years old in perfect condition but there are still good examples to be found.

Basic check list

Structural condition and originality   Repairs can involve many hours

Original handles feet and locks         Replacment handles are expensive

Oak /mahogany linings is a plus

Quality and choice of figured wood and patination

Quality of workmanship

Check for live woodworm  this is not generally a problem if treated

Check all over for repairs pull out drawers and look at drawer bottoms for groves

Push drawers in out carefully if the drawer makes a clonking sound when being closed that last inch you know runners and bearers need looking at.

Buying from me means you don't have to worry about any of the above mentioned.


Changing Times


 As a sole trader and collector I deal with my customers direct "no middle man" all polishing is carried out by me in person.

Stephen Alexander 2nd generation French polisher and fine furniture dealer

I have polished many types of antique and quality furniture dating from early Georgian antique furniture to present day quality new builds including interiors please contact me for free advice whether it’s a dining table, staircase or other wood surface that you are considering renovation or conservation. My thirty plus years of experience can help you make the right decision and get the best results. Send me an image or phone in person 07525494275




Fashion Should I Paint Or Polish?


 I have been polishing Furniture and interiors from most periods for more than thirty years I have always had a passion for wood finishing When I started polishing a lot of furniture mainly Georgian and Victorian pine were being stripped of paint and waxed to show the beauty of natural wood. Today’s fashion for painting furniture has seen many good Mahogany and other hardwood period pieces ruined as paint might go on easily but it can be very difficult and time consuming to remove as the paint goes into the grain and can be extremely difficult to impossible to remove especially on veneered surfaces which can only be lightly sanded (sanding should be avoided on such surfaces and only sanded as a last option)

The colour is perhaps the most important consideration when buying Antique furniture and this effects the value greatly repairs can be carried out to bring a new lease of life but good colour /patina are very difficult to impossible to achieve.











1900s Oak Work Box raised on four square tapering legs with lower shelve Metal insets on four sides of unusual design also retaining orignal inerior.



Treated for wood worm and thoughly waxed

A Charming 1920s Two Door Drinks Cupboard a good clean and wax has given this piece a new lease of life, from drab to interesting and fun.

A George 111 Mahogany Pad Foot Dining Table with a three piece solid mahogany top.



Geogian Circa 1750s Mahogany Pad Foot Gate Leg Table

British Design Icon Yesterday Today And Tomorrow
Russian Chair

Mahogany Bookcase Made To Customers Own Requirements

Glorious Wood's

Sprayed Brown Mahogany
Old Polish Removed And Prepared For Staining
Stained And Polished

 Mahogany Is Not Brown

A Mahogany Picture
Plum Pudding Mahogany
Magical Mahogany Linen Press Cupboard Doors Circa 1750-60
Good standard Bureau with a coat of wax on all other pre delivery checks done buff of wax and ready for its new home

Stephen Alexander

+44 (0) 7525 494275

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1890s Satinwood kneehole desk supported on 8 square tapering legs wih brass castors.
Mahogany Bureau Georgian 1740-1760
Georgian Mahogany Workstation and so much more
A fine piece of Georgian furniture, chest of drawers, workstation, platform, collectors cabinet, laptop, docking station, secret place.
A pair of 1980s solid mahogany occasional tables.
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