what wood does this veneer look like?

Fori is not pleasedJune 6, 2011

Does anyone have a guess as to the wood species used for this veneer? It's on one of those bedroom sets popular after WWII, mass-produced waterfall style. It's got a delightful chatoyance that is sort of hard to capture on camera. Any ideas? If it helps, it doesn't seem to be one of the cheaper of these types, but it's certainly not high end.

Thanks!

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aidan_m

Looks like Mahogany, most likely an Asian variety.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 4:40PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

Satinwood of a particular cut.
Casey

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 7:23PM
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Fori is not pleased

Thanks guys. It would be easier if you'd agree! :)

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 12:21AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

Using Google images you can look at veneers until you go blind and see many photos that would be contenders. Mahogany and satinwood are two of the most likely.
In reality there is no certainty; the person who veneered it has probably been dead for 40 years.
There are ways of examining a specimen with a microscope, but they are destructive, and costly.
We have done our best.
Casey

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 3:49PM
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aidan_m

And...
Even if you were to determine the species with certainty, what is the purpose?

If you just want to call it the right name, that is a good enough reason.

But if you're trying to match the piece with some new wood, forget it!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 2:55PM
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