Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Heywood Wakefield...

I'm not going to start this blog of with some silly little anecdote, rather, I'm going to get straight to the point: We got some bomb furniture in. I mean, BOMB.

We recently came across a pretty great selection of Heywood Wakefield pieces that really sparked my fancy. I'm always interested in learning more about ANYTHING, especially furniture, so I'm going to give you a quick run down on some good things to know about Heywood Wakefield. Then, after this horrible history lesson (I'm sorry), I will show you pictures. Fun, right? 

Heywood Wakefield started out as a joint venture of two furniture companies that decided to make their rattan/wicker furniture together in 1897. However, as time went on, they played around with steam bending, and started producing the shapes and styles that we now immediately recognize as Heywood Wakefield's signature look. Just a quick snippet about what material the furniture is made of. Most people believe Heywood Wakefield to be maple, which is true for many of the older pieces, but they switched over to birch, and it remained that way. No veneers are used! Most people are unaware of  Heywood's Old Colony/Early American, wicker, rattan or ashcraft styles, and are most familiar with the 'Streamline Modern' only. Of the Streamline Modern styles, which mainly began in the 1930s, there were a few color differentiations, of which I'll speak on two. I'll post a full list after the pictures if any of you are interested! 'Wheat' and 'Champagne' are often confused, but be befuddled no longer! Wheat was common in the 1930s and 1940s, and has a more golden tan color, whereas champagne which was brought forth in the 1950s, has a bit of a lighter beige color with a hint of blush. In the early 1950s, champagne was a great deal lighter than it was in the later part of the decade. So, even if you are an avid 'champagne' collector, the color variance on your pieces could be pretty great. 

Okay. That was quick and painless. We have a lot of great pieces, all in champagne', however some of them have a good deal of wear, meaning the finish is rough in some spots, there are drink rings, etc... But, some pieces are near perfect, so its a bit of a mixed bag! Yesterday, we moved out a handful of the pieces onto the floor. Lets take a look at them, shall we?
HW table with 2 leaves. Legs have the classic 'wishbone' style. Chairs could easily be upholstered to fit
your style/taste! This table is beautiful, and has those classic Heywood Wakefield lines. Priced at $1000.


HW Five drawer chest priced at $400. We also have a lower four drawer chest that is not yet 
on the floor. 

 HW China hutch in great condition. It is seriously the PERFECT size, and just 
gorgeous. Priced at $800.

 HW small bookcase. The lines and color on this piece make it so spectacular. Great size.
Priced at $350.

 This vanity is a show stopper. Amazing condition, insane lines and an angled glass top, 
what more could you ask for? Oh yea, a beautiful cream vanity bench. BOOM. 
Priced at $800. I've never seen another one like it. 

 Pair of HW tall end tables. I love how they are tiered! Priced at $350 for the pair, these
bad boys are stunners.


As I said earlier, we do have more pieces in the back. A pair of small nightstands, a desk (very worn, but oh my goodness, the lines on it are to die for), a pair of twin beds, and a four drawer chest. If you are interested in seeing any of these, let me know! I can snap some pictures and send them your way!

Come in and take a look at all of our new Heywood Wakefield furniture! We always love getting an iconic design in the store, and we hope you love it as much as we do! I'll leave you with the list of finishes that Heywood Wakefield put out! 

-"Amber:  1936-1939:  A ruddy, maple color"
-"Bleached:  1936-1939:  A clear, sparkling blond tone"
-"Wheat:  1937-1966:  A yellow shade resembling the color of natural ripened grains"
-"Champagne: 1939-1966:  A pinkish tone resembling a properly-made champagne      cocktail"
-"Platinum:  1954-1961:  A natural blond color with overtones of light gray and light beige    blended to a platinum hue"
-"Westwood:  1962-1966:  An exceptionally-transparent finish with a light-honey tone"
-"Modern Walnut:  1936-1944:  A walnut-colored finish designed for use on chairs which    were to be used in combination with furniture from other manufacturers."

-"Other Finishes:  Occasionally Heywood-Wakefield used darker finishes on Modern.  
Available in the late 1950s and 1960s (sometimes at an extra cost), these darker finishes included Winthrop, Priscilla Maple, Sable Grey, Walnut, Topaz, Windsor, Fruitwood, Tampico, Clove, and Sherry."




Until next time....



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