This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
A good marble polish is the following: Melt over a slow fire four ounces of white wax, and, while still warm, stir into it an equal weight of oil of turpentine. When these are fully combined, put the compound into a bottle or other vessel, which must be kept well corked when not in use. A little of the above put upon a piece of flannel and well rubbed upon the marble will bring the surface to a fine polish.
To polish furniture, prepare white wax and oil of turpentine as above directed. A small quantity applied with flannel or other woolen cloth, and well rubbed in, is excellent for mahogany and walnut. If a yellowish tint is desired for light-colored wood put into the turpentine in advance a small quantity of quercitron, or dyer's oak, and let stand for two days. To give a reddish tinge, a little alkanet may be used in the same manner as the quercitron.
For another furniture polish take one a half ounces each of alcohol and butter of antimony, one-half ounce of muriatic acid, eight ounces of linseed oil, one-half pint of cider vinegar; mix these cold and apply with Canton flannel, then rub with dry Canton flannel.