I have the good fortune of getting to refinish one of these, and was just curious whether anyone knows what the original finish offered by France & Son?
I say faded Rosewood.
More than likely, a professional would do what is called a burn-in. This can be done with clear or colored material.
My process for this would be to disassemble as much as you can. Strip lacquer with a methyl chloride stripper.
Do not use 80 grit.
But you will likely have to do some filling and grain painting in those deep scratches.
That's a nice cabinet... I thought about doing the same thing. It looks better than it did in their photos.
Teak is expensive, yeah. But you can surely find a woodworker who can make them for you.
Steam out what you can from the dents before sanding.