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arcwilson
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05/02/2018 12:28 am  

Hi everyone,

I have been fortunate enough to acquire this beautiful coffee table from my Grandad. I believe it is a genuine G-Plan as it is carrying the gold embossed EG logo of E. Gomme.

I have done a little research and understand it to be a 'Long John' coffee table (model No. 8017) from the 'tola and black' range,circa 1962. I had assumed it was teak but according to the catalogue it is Tola. Any thoughts?

Does anyone know if these tables are rare? A quick google search does seem to show any. Any advise when it comes to restoring these tables would be welcomed. One edge in particular is quite damaged and I do not know how best to treat it. Is it perhaps best to leave it as it is and re-oil it all over, or should it be re-veneered?

I assume it is a veneer based on the photos below. Any advice would be greatly recommended.
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arcwilson
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06/02/2018 9:34 am  

Here's the original advert/ catalogue page.

Anyone out there have any info they can share?


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cdsilva
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06/02/2018 3:54 pm  

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arcwilson
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06/02/2018 4:24 pm  

Thanks for the comment cdsilva.

I am a complete novice with regards collecting and restoring furniture of this (or any) age, so I am thinking I may have to take it to a professional. I'd hate to make the situation worse!

Could you just explain what you mean by '.oiling with 0000...'?

I'd be intrigued to know from a value point of view whether it is best to leave as it is in its original condition if you like or get a professional restoration carried out.


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cdsilva
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06/02/2018 4:34 pm  

Sorry, 0000 is the least abrasive type of steel wool here in the US. Not sure if they have the same designations in the UK. You apply the teak oil to the wool and rub with the grain direction.

With respect to value, G-Plan was a UK-made brand with Danish styling. It was targeted towards the middle class and were made in fairly large numbers. As such, values are not so high, especially in the UK. Costs for professional refinishing might exceed the value of the table itself.


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