Question: We are looking for information about the maker and value of an old, dark brown, wicker upright record player given to my husband’s grandparents years ago. It is 44 inches high and 18½ inches wide, works and all the wicker is in very good condition. A label printed “Heywood-Wakefield Co. Baltimore MD. USA” is glued to its bottom, and its metal mechanism is marked “Perfektone Phonograph.” — B.W., Point Pleasant
Answer: Your piece’s label indicates it is an early 1920s, hand-cranked console phonograph housed in a wicker cabinet made by Heywood-Wakefield Co. at the firm’s Maryland factory.
Originally established in 1826 in Gardner, Massachusetts, by five Heywood Brothers who made chairs, reed baskets and hoops for hoop skirts, by 1897 the firm had merged with the Wakefield Rattan Co. to form Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Co. The new partnership immediately prospered by producing a number of popular cane and reed items, including wicker baby carriages and rattan furniture.
In 1921, the firm’s name was changed to Heywood-Wakefield Co., and its manufacturing was expanded to include indoor and outdoor wicker and rattan furniture as well as passenger seats for railroad cars and buses. From the 1930s to the 1960s, it was internationally famous as the maker of sleek, modern wood furnishings, many with a pale blond finish.
“Perfektone” refers to your piece’s sound mechanism, initially patented in 1910. Its advertised mellow musical tone was claimed to be enhanced by the soft interior surface of the phonograph’s wicker cabinet.
Two Heywood-Wakefield wicker Perfektone phonographs similar to yours and in excellent working condition sold for $190 and $200 each in 2016.
Question: One of the things I recently inherited when a friend died is a Depression glass collection that includes a boxed set of children’s dishes described as “Jeannette Cherry Blossom dinnerware.” All 14 pieces, each marked with a J, are in perfect condition. Information about the set is appreciated. — T.C., Point Pleasant
Answer: The set, consisting of pink pressed glass plates, cups, saucers, a creamer and sugar bowl, are from the “Jeannette Junior” line of children’s dishes produced by Jeannette Glass Co.
Located in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, from the 1880s until 1983, the factory originally made utility bottles but later was one of the most important manufacturers of Depression glassware.
Jeannette’s pink Cherry Blossom pattern, produced from 1930 until 1939, has been a highly collected Depression glass motif for many years.
Although boxed, perfect, 14-piece Cherry Blossom children’s dinner sets are being offered with asking prices as high as $300, one recently sold for $150 and another for $185.
Alyce Hand Benham is an antiques broker, appraiser and estate-liquidation specialist. Send questions to: Alyce Benham, Living section, The Press of Atlantic City, 1000 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, NJ 08232. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters may be used in future columns but cannot be answered individually, and photos cannot be returned.