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Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Photographer Chair
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I have purchased a Heywood Wicker Photographer's chair. I was surprised to see gold when I opened the shipment. Is there a way to determine if this is gilded or if someone decided to spray paint? Need advise how to proceed. Chair is solid, just dirty.
Red and white label on bottom says:
NO 1712-5
Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company
New Yorkm N.Y. U.S.A
Thanks, Ann

If it were gilded with eithe real or dutch gold you would see the seams where the gold leaf was applied.

So, someone painted this, and it appears that is was over the orignal green.  it has a wonderful look.

I urge you to only use a paste wax like johnsons floor paste wax to clean this.

a spectacular chair.  just follow the directions on the can.  should take at least 2 hours.


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