Staining and polishing furniture in the rain can be frustrating to say the least! Natheless, after much corybantic activity with brush and cloth, the effulgent cabinet-on-chest is completed.
“Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.” 
The original chest-on-cabinet sports rococo handles which would have been gilded, or at the very least, lacquered to look like they were gilded. On this occasion I lacquered the arsedine, not as before with an historically accurate blend of vegetable dyes, but, purely for comparison, with aniline dyes. The result is indistinguishable and a tad more convenient (fig. 1).
After leaving the polish on the cabinet-on-chest to harden for a few days, I gave it a good burnishing prior to fitting the brasses and bedding them in (figs. 1 & 2).
 Queen Elizabeth I.