About Us

 

 

PORTRAIT OF THE SHIP CYRUS WAKEFIELD FLYING AN AMERICAN FLAG, SHIPS AND LIGHTHOUSE IN THE DISTANCE – by William Howard Yorke (inset: Cyrus Wakefield)

Cyrus Wakefield was not only a manufacturer, but also the creator of rattan furniture.  The company, originally known as “The Wakefield Rattan Company” began operations in 1855, in the town of South Reading, Massachusetts, a village northwest of Boston, first established in 1639.  Because of the prosperity the rattan works brought to that town, and the civic generosity of Cyrus, the town was renamed in his honor on July 4, 1868.

 

 

My Great Grandfather, also named Cyrus, took over the company in 1873, following the death of his Uncle, the founder.  To this day, furniture bearing the Wakefield brand is considered amongst the finest of its kind ever manufactured.

 

Read more about Cyrus Wakefield:

www.wakefieldhistory.org/cyrus.html

www.wakefieldhistory.org/rattan1.html

www.wakefieldhistory.org/wakefield_history.html

 

In 1997, we revived the Wakefield name, and although the product has changed to sweet souvenirs reflective of our past, we have a reputation for innovation and quality to live up to.  That is why we chose the name and use the image of my Great Grandfather’s Uncle Cyrus – to remind us to do whatever we undertake
to the best of our abilities.