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Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern

August 9th, 2020

Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern

Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern
The set includes 4 armchairs, 1 lounge / club chair, 1 table, and 1 stand for drinks, an ashtray, a plant, etc. Although similar to bamboo, these pieces are made with rattan which is a solid vine unlike hollow bamboo. Reed material is used to wrap and help secure the joints, often in conjunction with a brad or screw. And FWIW: wicker is a style of weaving; rattan is a material which might be used in weaving. In this case, because there is no weaving, the term wicker does not apply. I believe that this set was manufactured in the United States during the 1940s. I do so on the basis of the following evidence. (1) The typical Heywood-Wakefield eagle logo stamp on the underside is not present. However, there is a paper tag stating Heywood-Wakefield on the underside of the lounge / club chair. The tag also states Pattern No. The eagle logo stamp began in 1949 and only paper tags were used previously. (2) A switch was made about 1940 from slotted screws to phillips head screws. All of the screws in this set are phillips head with only one exceptionthe chair stand, which has slotted head screws (so it might have been made in the 1930s). The house was built in 1947 and she was the original owner. The set has either been in our living room, sunroom, orfor the last decadein storage since that time. The Heywood-Wakefield Company is still producing fine furniture made in the U. Although there was a major transition in the early 1990s. From the companys website. In 1897, two prominent furniture companies, Heywood Brothers est. 1826 and Wakefield Company est. 1855 merged to create Heywood Brothers & Wakefield Company; the name would be shortened to Heywood-Wakefield in 1921. The new company rose to particular popularity in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s with its solid wood, Art Deco-inspired mid-century modern furniture. The old Heywood-Wakefield Company was the king of wicker and rattan furniture well into the 20th century, having nearly completely dominated this field in the second half of the 19th. Before the consolidation between Heywood Brothers & Company and the Wakefield Rattan Company, various labels were used and will appear on wicker furniture. (1) Tablethe top is approximately 30-1/2 square and is made of edge-glued Northern Yellow Birch which is approx. Each of the four legs consist of two bent rattan canes joined together that elevate the table top to the height of 28-1/2. (2) 4 Armchairseach seat is 17 in height and the back reaches up to 31. Each seat is 19-1/2 wide and 18-1/2 deep at the deepest part of curved back. (3) Lounge /Club Chairthe top of the seat cushion is 16 up from the floor. The seat cushion is 22-1/4-23 wide and 22 deep and approx. The back cushion is 14 X 23 and is 3-1/2- 4 thick. The top of each arm is 21 above the floor. (4) Stand29-1/2 to the top of the handle and 20 from the floor to the circular surface which is 9 in diameter. Admittedly, this set needs some TLC. All of the pieces are perfectly functional as is. All pieces are structurally sound and sturdy. However, they do show signs of age and would benefit from repair. The level of repair is up to you. For years, I have wanted to restore them. Unfortunately, time and arthritis no longer allow me to follow thru on that. Let me suggest three options. Use them as is. Re-upholster the chairs and refinish the table top and the stands top surface. The four armchairs seats are simply upholstery fabric stretched over padding and tacked into plywood bases. The bases are removable with several easily accessible screws. In the photos you will see that there are two layers of fabric for the arm chairsthe top layer (which I tore off and you can see the remnants of) must have been put on in the 1950s or 1960s. I would suggest a little more padding for the seats of the armchairs. The lounge chair seat cushion is a zippered cover type over padding. The back cushion has the buttoned tie thrus. One might consider having these cushions professionally re-done whereas the 4 seats for the other chairs should be do-able by Do-It-Yourselfers. As for the table top: its appearance is terriblethe result of a teenagers decoupage experiment. However, the disfigurations are only on the surfacethere are no holes, chips, or gouges, etc. It would not take long at all with a belt sander to clean the top off. The result would be a beautifully full-figured, distinctly grained, Northern Yellow Birch solid wood table top. For reference, please see the grain that shows on the tables underside in the photos. Completely restore the set. Restoration would involve the steps mention in (2) above along with refinishing the pieces. The original finish is a wheat or champagne stained Duralac nitro-cellulose lacquer which unfortunately was quite prone to chipping. Based on my past experiences I would suggest stripping the rattan using a rag soaked in lacquer thinner. Medium coarse steel wool soaked in lacquer thinner can also help as can various small brushes. After stripping, the pieces will need to be: (1) sanded, (2) coated with an amber sanding sealer, (3) lightly sanded again, (4) coated again with the sealer, and (5) lastly top-coated with a lacquer or varnishperhaps amber tinted depending on your preferences. According to their website, Heywood-Wakefield would be glad to give advice on the project. In addition to that refinishing project, each piece has few garden variety repairs that should be done. (1) There are a few loose, mis-aligned, or missing screws. (2) The same thing applies to the small nails and brads that are used. Some of the bent rattan canes are joined with small nails but have separated. I believe that they could be re-joined with either new nails and glue or possibly with the use of small screws. (3) Also, several of the bent rattan joints have had their reed wrappings loosen. I believe that most of those could simply be re-wound and fastened although some new reed might be required in an instance or two. The reed wraps are primarily decorative rather than structural. All of the main structural joints on all of the pieces are sound and strong. All of the pieces are quite sturdy as is. (4) In one instance, the bent rattan has split some Please see the photo of the top of the stands handle. I believe that that could be repaired rather easily with glue and clamping. (5) The lounge chairs springs and metal straps are lightly rusted. A light wire brushing and oiling and they would be fine for another 70 years. (6) Lastly, a few of the metal shoes on the bottom of the legs are missing. The rest are moderately worn. It would be easy and inexpensive to replace all of them. Yes, it would be a project. And yes, it would take a good deal of time. I believe that the things I have listed could be successfully accomplished by a slightly above average handyman/woman. The skills required tip more in the direction of diligence and patience than experience in complex repairs. Feel free to ask questions. More photos are available. The item “Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern” is in sale since Sunday, October 27, 2019. This item is in the category “Home & Garden\Yard, Garden & Outdoor Living\Patio & Garden Furniture\Patio & Garden Furniture Sets”. The seller is “runstriderdog” and is located in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. This item can’t be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.

  • Maker: Heywood – Wakefield
  • Color: amber
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • Style: Mid-Century Modern
  • Frame Material: Rattan
  • Material: Rattan, Reed, & Birch
  • Brand: Heywood-Wakefield
  • Sub-Style: Art-Deco Inspired
  • Original/Reproduction: Original
  • Type: patio / sunroom set
  • Features: Cushion Included

Heywood-Wakefield Reed & Rattan 7 pc Patio Furniture Set Mid-Century Modern

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