This section is from the book "Spons' Mechanics' Own Book: A Manual For Handicraftsmen And Amateurs", by Edward Spon. Also available from Amazon: Spons' Mechanics' Own Book.
The simplest and best lacquer for work not requiring to be coloured is made by dissolving with agitation 1/2 lb. best pale shellac in 1 gal. cold spirits of wine. The mixture is allowed to stand, filtered, and kept out of the influence of light, which would make it darker.