Dating wood furniture

We’re often asked how to tell if a particular piece of furniture is a genuine Heywood-Wakefield product. The Heywood-Wakefield Company didn’t start using its famous eagle logo until 1949, about 14 years after introducing its Streamline Modern designs in late 1935.Originally called Streamline Maple, these early pieces were labeled with one of several styles of paper tag.The tags were generally affixed to the back or underside (in the case of tables) of the furniture.Not surprisingly, these paper tags often didn’t survive years—let alone six or seven decades—of use and moving.

If you can identify types of wood by its color and grain pattern, this is another clue.Around this same time, Heywood-Wakefield began using Phillips-head screws almost exclusively.If you find pieces with slotted screws, unless they’re very old and have some other tell-tale signs suggesting they’re Heywood-Wakefield, they’re probably not.Heywood-Wakefield’s Phillips screws have a distinctive look to them, so if you have another piece of Heywood-Wakefield furniture, look at one of its screws to familiarize yourself with the look.

Once the eagle logo was introduced in 1949, it was typically stamped into the top left-hand drawer of case pieces, on the underside of tables, or on the bottom stretcher of bed headboards.

This makes most later Heywood-Wakefield easy to identify.

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