Refinishing antique "spindle" bed

From: nest512@aol.com
Date: 27 Feb 1999
Time: 23:41:26
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I recently inherited a spindle bed - a simply designed bed frame with knobs from which a canvas sheet with twine loops was attached. The finish on the bed is virtually nonexistent. I have two questions: Will refinishing the bed reduce any value the bed might have? What is an appropriate finish for the bed? (I don't know what type of wood it is) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.