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How do you spot Heywood-Wakefield furniture?

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The blond, streamline styles of 1940s and 1950s Heywood-Wakefield furniture can be identified by examining the appearance of the furniture, checking for a label, and consulting outside literature for additional information. Information about other styles of Heywood-Wakefield furniture is not available from the manufacturer.

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  1. Examine the appearance of the furniture

    Since the blond, streamline style of Heywood-Wakefield furniture is the only kind that can be identified, first examine the appearance of the furniture. Blond refers to the color and streamline refers to the shape of the furniture.

  2. Determine the date by examining the label

    The label may provide more insight about the year the furniture was made. Labels are often found on the bottoms or backs of the furniture. Red print on yellow wood grain style paper was used for the earliest Heywood-Wakefield labels, and they were often used with style number tags printed on white paper in blue ink. Red and blue paper labels with white print replaced the wood grain labels some time between 1939 and 1942.

  3. Consult additional resources

    For more information, consult Steven and Roger Rouland's book, "Heywood-Wakefield Modern Furniture: Identification and Value Guide." It provides details about modern and streamline styles of the 1930s, '40s and '50s.

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