The Heywood-Wakefield Company is an American furniture manufacturer.
Brief history and description
The company was established as the result of a merger between two previously rival companies; Heywood Brothers (established in 1826) and Wakefield Company (1855), which occurred in 1897.
Both companies originated with the production of wicker furniture, before beginning a mechanized production line following the Heywood-Wakefield merger, though the company remained involved in wicker furniture production, before moving on to create art-deco furniture during the 1930s-40s.
For a time they were also involved in the production of luxurious seats for train transport, culminating in the production of the ‘Sleepy Hollow’ seat. The company was purchased by The South Beach Company in 1994, and continues to produce furniture today.
Guide for collectors
Heywood-Wakefield furniture has a distinct desirability amongst collectors, as evidenced by items in this range frequently appearing at both live auctions and online auctioneers such as eBay.
As always when bidding in online auctions, collectors should be cautious and be sure to correctly validate the authenticity of any given item before bidding to avoid disappointment.
Prospective collectors can find more information on the Heywood-Wakefield line by visiting the company’s official website, Heywood-Wakefield.com.
The highest price paid for a Heywood Wakefield piece at auction is $10,000, for a Heywood Wakefield end table with contrasting veneers, which sold on 3rd April 2004 from the Rago Arts and Auction Center. In a similar price range, a Heywood Wakefield wicker chair sold for $6,400 on 21st November 2009 from Neal Auction Company.
Heywood-Wakefield products often sell for several thousand dollars at auction, with items in top quality typically selling for between $2,000-5,000, particularly if the lot in question involves more than one item. Prices are not affected considerably by any minor adjustments or refinishing the pieces.
A simple Heywood-Wakefield dining table and chairs in good condition will typically sell for between $200-$800, whilst similar prices can be expected for a simple wicker chair, as the company is highly regarded for its wicker pieces.
The lowest price paid for a Heywood Wakefield piece is the sale of a Heywood Wakefield headboard with bookcase, sold for $5 from Bodnar’s Auction Sales on 19th October 2006.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)