OK, here's the scoop. I have the opportunity to buy the following Heywood-Wakefield furniture:
A three-wishbone-legged dining table with 2 additional leaves (like the one below)
Six dogbone chairs (one with arms)
A three-drawer buffet with side opening shelving and pull down secretary
A three-shelf open hutch
It's all blonde and certifiably vintage Heywood-Wakefield. They want me to make an offer and after googling the stuff the prices for similar pieces are all over the map.
(This is not THE table but the same model's on eBay going for around $600-800).
The people selling the furniture don't know diddly-squat about it BUT they were smart enough to have the owner of the local antique mall come over to look at it and apparently she went over with her Heywood-Wakefield reference book. So any opportunity to snatch this stuff up for a song is now toast.
Just for s**ts and giggles, what would YOU offer? I have an figure in mind--my husband went with me to look at the pieces and he likes them (but knows nothing about the brand other than what I've told him) so I said, "So honey, what would you offer," and he said, "Well, no more than six" and for just one shining, fleeting moment I thought, "Oh thank you god" and then crashlanded back to reality when I thought, "No wait, this is MY husband, so that six will only have two zeroes after it," and he confirmed that. Six hundred dollars for all that beautiful Hey-Wake. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
Anyway (and I did NOT do all that laughing to his face, it was internal. Although I wanted to, actually)--let's everyone pretend that we have some money tucked away for just this eventuality, and let me know what you think.
There are some condition issues--dear ole Dad decided to refinish the top of the dining table and Mike immediately spotted a bunch of brushstrokes in the varnish. Also, a couple of the chairs are mighty rickety and all the legs have scuff marks (not bad). Definitely a set that was used by the family. On the plus side, the tabletop is pristine, other than having all those brushstrokes. Mom had about five layers of tableclothes and padding between the surface and anything that was placed on top of it.
I'm pretty sure I won't be getting this, but that depends on how greedy these people are (three adult children of the recently deceased Mom). I want it for myself and not to resell, by the way.