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There's no way to save the existing finish which doesn't look original to the piece anyway. Do you have any experience refinishing furniture? Can you give me a clear well focused pic of the entire piece? Is this a highly prized/valued (in your opinion) piece?
Ok, you don't want to sand this. And if you've never refinished furniture before you're probably better off leaving it to a pro since this is so highly prized by your family. I can tell you how to strip the finish, stain and reapply a finish but color matching is a bit of an art and may be more than you can accomplish and get satisfactory results.