Heywood-Wakefield Vintage Furniture Questions from Fans – #5

Heywood-Wakefield Vintage Furniture Questions from Fans – #5

An occasional series of questions from the public about vintage Heywood-Wakefield furniture


I have a set of 4 chairs that have cane backs and seats. The height of their back is 21.5″ and the width between arms is 20″. On the underside of a couple of the arms, there’s a paper label that reads HEYWOOD-WAKEFIELD 0134 (possibly a 5 after the 4) CHICAGO, ILL. I was wondering if you’d be able to tell me the age of the chairs and what the style of the chair is called. Thank you so much for your time and have a great day!

John C.

Heywood-Wakefield’s Answer

There is a chair shown in one reproduction catalog I have that looks like yours and bears the model number C 134 C. The catalog refers to it as a Double Cane Seat and Back, but that’s sort of obvious. Here’s what I can tell you from personal knowledge: The label says Heywood-Wakefield Company, so that means they are from after the merger in 1897. The fact that they have the more modern number C 134 C makes them later. The paper label provides a clue; this is an older form of their label, but I’m afraid I’m not an authority on the labels. My best guess would be 1920s or ’30s.

Best regards,
Leonard Riforgiato

Sign up now!

Love the mid-century era? Subscribe to get our original content celebrating the times in a monthly email!


Leonard Riforgiato is a successful furniture manufacturing entrepreneur, a Miami resident, and co-owner of legacy furniture company Heywood-Wakefield.

Magazine Categories

Sign up now!

Receive our latest content delivered to your inbox monthly

Solid wood furniture from
responsibly sourced lumber.
100% American-made.

Orlando Web Design by CREATE180 Design