The decorative trim around the edges of the upholstery is not original. The upholstery is not soft velvet but is a little more prickly like mohair. The entire piece is in excellent condition and is sturdy, solid, and fully functional.
The seat is hinged and there is a compartment underneath. There is a small crack on the edge of one wood panel where a nail split the wood, but the nail is not exposed and nothing is loose. The tip of another nail is exposed along the bottom edge of the compartment, shown in the photos. The wood otherwise looks excellent with very little wear on any of the surfaces and the finish is nearly flawless. The velvet upholstery is a little worn in spots but there are no holes anywhere.The item "Antique Victorian 19th c. Spoon Carved Red Velvet Piano Bench, Seat Compartment" is in sale since Friday, March 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Sofas & Chaises\Unspecified, Unknown Date". The seller is "readfieldantiques" and is located in Hortonville, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States.