ta dahhhh .. striking piece with a decent, but probably not original shellac finish.
the breaks in the stretcher were mostly on the long grain and after will stuck them back together with glue and masking tape, i routed in some 3/16ths" maple 'bars' over the repaired breaks to reinforce them.
i also cleaned and replaced the 4 dowel joints where the stretcher joined the legs. there were some earlier minor stretcher repairs so it wasn't the first tragedy that befell it ... i don't believe the previous mishaps were as serious as this one though. will also replaced some broken off pieces on the leg top yesterday and repaired the area where the aprons joined in the bridle joint. we swabbed on the hide glue today and wriggled the stretcher into place. no clamps necessary except on the bridle joint. (almost) good as new.