Dating antique school desk
This furniture was first known as Streamline Maple because that was the original wood used, along with birch, which is very similar.Most pieces were shown in either Amber or Bleached finish, so if a piece has either of these words stenciled on the back or underside, there’s a good chance it’s an early Heywood-Wakefield.This has left a lot of the most classic, coveted vintage Heywood-Wakefield pieces without a label for easy identification.However, there are clues that can help determine if what you have is a genuine Heywood-Wakefield item.Update: 2011: American Seating History PERSONNEL Through most of its history American Seating has been served by presidents of unusual longevity, most notably Thomas Boyd (1906-1929, and H. Alois Lang, who learned woodcarving in his hometown of Oberammergau, Bavaria, began in the American School Furniture Company carving studios in 1902. Wolters, who began as an apprentice carver in Germany, came to American Seating’s Church Division in 1923.
Throughout the years, walls clocks have been produced in an enormous range of styles, from Rococo to Biedermeier, Arts and Crafts to Art Deco, cuckoo to Coca-Cola.
In 1937, Streamline Maple became Streamline Modern; maple was still used for some furniture, but by 1940, Heywood-Wakefield switched exclusively to birch.
If you can identify types of wood by its color and grain pattern, this is another clue.
Some of the first wall clocks were the cartel clocks of 18th-century France.
Housed in elaborate cast-bronze or gold-leaf-on-wood frames (cartel is French for frame), these wall clocks often featured Roman numerals on white dials surrounded by gilt garlands, figurines, and cherubs.
PRODUCTS Since it began with the union of nineteen varied companies, American Seating always operated with multiple divisions and plants, and several lines of products.