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That is typical if an old shellac finish--after cleaning with mild soap and water, the old finish can be desolved with alcohal---look up 'french polish' a trip to the library might help---see if they still have a copy of 'The Furniture Doctor'---that old book had directions on emulsifying an old shellac finish.

As to the lifting veneer---you may be able to inject glue under it and clamp it back into place.
 

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the lifting veneer is due to the hyde glue releasing its grip. hyde glue is water based and will release when exposed to enough moisture.

if you back a board with a protective rag, and clamp it over the lifted section, you may be able to re-secure it. do this before refinishing, as the rag may leave marks.

or you could leave it, since it is 100 yrs old.
 
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