The damage is a dent / narrow gouge at a near right angle to the front, beaded edge, approx. 3/16 in. deep x 1/8 in. wide x 1.5 in. long, tapering from the front.
Checking my few furniture / finish repair books, shellac sticks are suggested as the preferred solution, followed by wood dough / putty for repairing this type damage - with the caveat that while a shellac stick will provide the best result, this can only be achieved by someone with extensive experience. Not having previously undertaken repair of this type damage by any method, and not wanting to make a bad situation worse, use of a shellac stick may not be the way for me to go.
Desired result is to repair the damage with no to minimal evidence it ever existed - which I understand is likely not possible.
Very much appreciate any and all recommendations for specific products and procedures.
Thanks and Regards,