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Our new sofa set!
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2003-10-21 1:22 pm   Permalink

The Spectacular East Indies Room is already undergoing expansion plans, to include a comfy lounging area. We recently picked up this late 40s Heywood Wakefield Ashcraft sofa/table set:

Though reupholstered, it does have its original spring cushions, a hard thing to come by!

A little quick history about HW Ashcraft furniture.... During WWII, Japan heavily bombed the port city where Heywood Wakefield obtained their rattan supply. HW relied on rattan for furniture manufacture during the war, as most furniture hardwood was being used to produce gun stocks. They came up with an American rattan substitute, a New England Ash wood that bends very much like rattan, and bound the joints with varnished twisted paper. The furniture was a huge success.

<sigh...> only 3 months young, and I'm already dismantling part of the Spectacular East Indies Room for expansion!

[ This Message was edited by: Traderpup on 2003-10-21 13:25 ]

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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Posted: 2003-10-21 2:44 pm   Permalink


The couch set is nice. Interesting info on rattan during the Big War also.
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Tiki Royale
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Joined: Dec 06, 2002
Posts: 891
From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2003-10-21 3:53 pm   Permalink

Nice set Pup,
I really like the yellow upholstery...

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Joined: Sep 14, 2003
Posts: 992
Posted: 2003-10-21 4:50 pm   Permalink

NICE... Rattan sets are great looking. I finally bought one of those round rattan chairs at pier one and love it. Wish I had more space to fit a couch!


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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: socal
Posted: 2003-10-21 7:46 pm   Permalink

GGGOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Pup's room has to have the BEST LIGHTING that I've seen.

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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
Posts: 2257
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2003-10-21 9:05 pm   Permalink

Heywood Wakefield? That stuff's usually pretty pricy. Did you score it at an estate sale or did you pay the price? Very nice, I must add.

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