Sunday, March 18, 2012

Heywood Wakefield Cadence dresser goes home, another new H/W refinishing project and hoping for a little ID help from my blogger buds...

Although not my particular "cup of tea" on color choice, I finished this "Cadence" dresser I had been working on and the customers were satisfied with the results. Here's a couple of pics of what we managed to do with the water based stain:

I guess they weren't too disappointed with the results, and I haven't yet seen picks of the chest they did for their DIY project, but they seemed pleased enough that they entrusted to me the first part of their Heywood Wakefield table and chairs this weekend. I'm doing this in stages with the table being the first order of business. As far as I can tell they inherited this set of the M197G wishbone table and 8 of the dogbone style chairs from family members and they have some pics representing the family around the table in the 50's. I hope to get some pics of the original pieces so I can post up later and would this ever make great "before" and "after" pics! Maybe we can get some pics of the new family around their refinished pieces ready for another 60 years!

They advised that one of the drop leafs seems to droop a bit and that some of the legs were a bit loose. After investigating the table, I think the problems are related. Once one of the outside pedestals has been fixed, I think this will cure the "droopy" leaf. I've refinished about 3 of these tables and believe this is one of the earliest tables that were manufactured under this particular manufacturing number. There are some clues why I think this may be an earlier model. The first is the glides that open and close the table for leaf insertion. This particular table has a steel rotating wheel system that I haven't seen before on this table. another is the strapping under the legs that hold the "wishbone" portion of the legs together. All the tables I've done have a wider and thinner strap holding the legs. And this table has the number hand written under the leaves, rather than the stamps that were used for most of the pieces I've encountered. It also doesn't have a finish stamped with the particular color. In my opinion, this was originally done in champagne.

I'll keep you posted later on the ongoing progress on this particular project...

Last but not least is a bit of a request for all you that may be following along for some identification
help with a chair that one of my customers may consign in the future. I think she has a pair of these and I've already spent more than a couple of hours trying to ID. They were manufactured by Heritage furniture and tagged as such. Drexel acquired the company in 1958, but they manufactured under their respective names until the 70's. Here's a couple of pics:

Apologies for the sideways pics, but these are what were sent. Any help with attribution would be greatly appreciated! My original take on these was Wormley, but could not find a match. Have any of you MCM lovers seen this particular chair before??
As always, thanks for taking a few minutes to take a look...


  1. I was thinking maybe Kipp Stewart on the chairs, but I couldn't find anything either.

    1. Thanks Dana, I'm not feeling much love for the upholstery but it looks like it may be original...

    2. No doubt, that upholstery looks like an old mattress! Man, I've wanted a wishbone table and either dogbone chairs or stingray chairs for the longest!

    3. Mr. Mod, I think the mattress comment was a great analogy! I have a pair of old twin mattresses and box springs I use for staging that almost perfectly match this upholstery...:) I had two of these wishbone tables, but recently sold one to a customer who was going to refinish herself in a darker finish. I still have one left and 6 "bowtie" chairs. I also have 4 of the "stingray" chairs that only need one more sand and finish. One of those projects that got shelved for a bit...

  2. Great blog!!
    Greetings from Speedboys