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Heywood Wakefield chair
Heywood Wakefield chai  

Heywood Wakefield chair
Heywood Wakefield chai  
"Hello Ms. 'Wicker Woman".  I hope that you may be able to help me in determining the age and value of this darling HW chair because...I have tried searching and searching for some answers and have found none!  In fact, I'm beginning to believe that I'm the only one on earth with one like this! ha  but really, can you help? Please, thanks. :)"

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Hi Lesley,

What a lovely, original stained and lacquered finish Heywood-Wakefield chair you have there! Most likely if you remove the upholstery on the seat, you will find evidence of, if not the actual, close woven pressed cane seat. These cane seats are also called "machine caning" and "cane webbing."

But this particular "close woven" sheet cane has no holes, it looks more like a fabric. This is the type of cane webbing that always went in the seats of fancy wicker pieces, so as not to distract the eyes from the beautiful embellishments and curlicues.

Although your chair is heavily adorned with curlicues and the serpentine back, reminiscent of the Victorian era, it was made in or after 1921. The celluloid manufacturer's label on the back signifies it was made during that time, because in 1921 the Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company of 1897, changed their name to the more simplistic Heywood-Wakefield Company.

Many of the more popular design elements were carried over from one decade of manufacturing to another. So it was not uncommon to see designs of the early 1900s continuing on into the next 10-20 years, as is the case with yours.

If you would like to get a certified appraisal with complete and more extensive details, you can order your appraisal from wicker author and certified appraiser, Richard Saunders. Contact him through my National Furniture Repair Directory under the Wicker category at http://www.WickerWoman.com/furniture-repair-directory

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I will answer any questions having to do with antique wicker furniture, wicker furniture repair and restoration, chair caning and all other types of chair seat weaving techniques and patterns. I DO NOT GIVE APPRAISALS or free WHAT IT'S WORTH valuations, nor do I buy/sell wicker furniture at this time.

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Since 1975 I've been repairing and restoring all types of wicker furniture from the 1880s-1940s, with a special interest in the Victorian era. I'm proficient in the repair and restoration of all types of chair seat weaving; hand-twisted cattail and bulrush, paper fiber rush, chair caning of all types, Shaker tape, Danish cord and seagrass. I also teach chair seat weaving at folk schools, basketry conventions and private individuals or groups. I also offer consultations, and will demonstrate and lecture on the craft topics of chair seating, wicker repair and basketry. I am also web master of WickerWoman.com, online since 1999 and founder and moderator of the Seatweaving & Chair Caning Forum since 2004.

Organizations
Founding member and first President of The SeatWeavers' Guild, Inc. (TSWG 2007-2011), Seatweaving & Chair Caning Forum founder and moderator (2004-present), charter member of the National Basketry Organization, numerous regional and state basket guilds, and member of the Basketmakers' and Chair Seaters' Association (BA) located in the United Kingdom.

Publications
Woman's Day Budget Decorating Ideas 2006, Country Living August 2004, Finishing & Restoration Magazine, October 2002, Barbara Brabec's Handmade For Profit, Homemade Money-Starting Smart! and Homemade Money-Bringing in the Bucks!, Collector's Journal, Basketry Round-Up #2 by Shereen LaPlantz, Splint Woven Basketry by Robin Taylor Daugherty, 101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women by Priscilla Y. Huff, Ralph & Terry Kovel's Yellow Pages of Restoration Experts, Small Town Minnesota from A-Z by Tony Andersen and monthly Wicker Furniture columnist for Minnesota's The Old Times newspaper in 1993 & 1994.

Education/Credentials
High school graduate, self-taught, and "school of hard knocks" for all the rest!

Awards and Honors
I've been involved in several unique wicker restoration projects such as weaving two wicker chairs for the Johnson Wax Replica Sikorsky S-38 Amphibian Airplane in 1998, then two more in 2000 for Buzz Kaplan, owner of Born Again Restorations, the company that created the replica Sikorsky, and did the restoration of all the wicker furniture in the Itasca State Park, Bemidji, MN during their Centennial celebration in 1995. I've also served as Chair Seatweaving Mentor to an apprentice through the Minnesota State Arts Board Folk Art Grant program in 2000, been the recipient of a McKnight/Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) Career Opportunity Grant in 2004, and the recipient of a McKnight/ARAC Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2005.

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