Quick question. I have a Swift Model 831 (Serial #: 643114) that appears to be mostly unused. The scope OTA is in its original plastic. As far as I can tell, it has all of the standard components supplied with the instrument and case when purchased new, plus a few extras.
The wooden case has no damage except scratches from being moved around for 50 years. I was thinking of refinishing the case to make the outside as pristine as the contents, and interior.
But... Maybe I’m watching the antiques road show too much, but I've also heard that it's a bad idea to alter things that are 50 years old. It’s an easy repair to bring the outside of the case back to pristine condition.
Question: Would it devalue it to restore the exterior of the case, or should I leave it in an altered condition?
Any recommendations would be appreciated.