I have these baseboards throughout my 100 year old (1909) american four-square. All are painted with several layers of lead paint and a layer or two of latex. I'm working on an upstairs bedroom and stripped one 14' section as a trial. I haven't yet sanded or gotten the last bits of paint but...
1. Can anyone identify likely species candidates for this wood for me?
2. Opinion: finish with stain/poly (or shellac, etc) or prime/paint?
There's another more curved piece that goes on top so the actual baseboards arent as plain looking as this piece. I'm asking because at this point I can't imagine whether it would look good finished without paint. It was definitely not painted originally, but there's also a section in the upstairs hallway that's unpainted that basically looks just like this section color-wise and has never impressed me much, though maybe that's because it's a bit beat up (it's a candidate for a refinish as well).