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Identifying Pam's rocker

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Blog entry by Don Butler posted 12-31-2009 03:36 PM 1224 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A family friend has asked me to resurrect her old platform rocker. It is in fair shape except for the seat which is falling out through the bottom because of the failure of the webbing.

But we wonder what sort of rocker it it, whether it was a mass produced piece and if it is very old.

So I committed to some research. I have looked at hundreds of platform rockers and haven’t seen one just like it. I was wondering if some Lumberjock with greater knowledge might know about it.

I has no maker’s mark that I can find and seems to be machine made. I see no evidence of hand work where I would expect in a hand made item. The rocker mechanism is two large coil springs, one on each side in the middle, connecting the rocker to the platform.

I have my doubts about it being a valuable antique, but it would be nice to know for sure.

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David Craig

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 04:18 PM

Rather than looking for the model of chair, you might want to take a closer look at the type of coil spring used and what materials were used for the backing or webbing. There are standard materials in manufacturing for each era and it should give you a ballpark figure of the time period for the piece. Once you have that, identifying the manufacturer might be a little easier.

Just a thought. Good Luck with the research.

David

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 06:38 PM

It looks like your piece is an old Eastlake Victorian style rocker.. from 1880’s.. here are a few links
Information about the piece

Link to online article with small picture

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 12:29 AM

Thanks for the reponse and links!

d

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