Heywood-Wakefield Table, ca. 1910
Nice, early Heywood-Wakefield label on there. It's a company that most people now associate with blonde furniture from the '40s and '50s, but actually, they got started... they made their name in wicker furniture, of which this is a great example of it. They did a lot of what's called "photographer wicker" at the time, the very fancy rolled wicker. This is a little bit newer than that. It dates from probably about 1910, 1915. You can see by the base it's really almost like an empire revival base. They've taken that form and then wrapped it in wicker. This is called a "basket-weave" wicker. It's in incredibly good condition. You mentioned that you paid a phenomenal amount for it.
Yeah, it was an incredible amount-- ten dollars-- and I had to run home to find the ten dollars. Yeah, somebody had been extremely tired of looking at it.
So, I took it off her hands.
It's in good condition.
I was a little bit concerned about the staining.
Color can be put in that. It's original finish now. It's great, I wouldn't do anything to it. A little bit of color could be added and rubbed to it and brought it back nice and fine. Valuation on it: far more than the ten dollars you have paid for it. Colloquial phrase, "You done good." Valuation today: probably in the neighborhood of, conservatively, $1,200 to $1,500.
You're kidding me.
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