The history of wicker furniture spans nearly years back to the times of Ancient Egypt. Cyrus Wakefield is cited as the Father of the Wicker Industry.
Heywood-Wakefield furniture was once considered one of the leading lines of quality "new" furniture in the first half of the 20th century. The company had roots back to 1826, but major production of furniture other than wicker started in 1897 in Gardner, Mass. The name Heywood-Wakefield Company was used starting in 1921.