Possibly Stupid Question about Casters on an Antique. . .
Quite a number of years ago I bought a beautiful, very large and heavy Mission style bookcase. It came with casters on it that look original. I did not remove the casters at the time but now I wonder whether I should do so. Obviously, casters are only to roll the piece around easily, right? I've just had my floors refinished and honestly I don't want to be tempted to try to roll the piece since previous experiments in doing so have led to caster marks on the hardwood floor. My question concerns removing the casters. Will I lessen the value of the antique by doing so (if the casters are original to it--again, they appear to be)? Second, do they come out easily? I ask this because in order to remove them I will need to secure the services of two beefy men to lift it up so I can pull the casters off--the piece is solid oak and enormously heavy. Since I can't do this on my own at the moment, I can't tell whether they screw in or how they are attached. Any help would be appreciated!