Antique rocking chair online appraisal with slideshow explanation
know this rocking chair was used by my great-grandmother to nurse my
grandmother. We are more interested in the historical data than the
value as we would like to know how far back in the family it might go.
seat is 15 inches high and about 18 inches wide. Overall, the finish
has a "crackle" look, but one horizontal bar does not and must have
been replaced at some point.
AW says: That's
a mid-1800s Jenny Lind style rocker. And your right, it is a ladys'
nursing rocker which would be defined by having no arms. BTW, they make
great chairs for guitarists.
The rocking chair is an American invented piece of furniture.
They style of seat it has is called "rush".
Date range: mid 1800s
Retail value: $225-$275 (Rockers as beloved as they are, are rarely high priced pieces of furniture.)
Wholesale value: $125
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)
Quick sale value: $50
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.
Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Jenny Lind, antique rocker, rush seat
Care and storage tips: You should avoid putting any rocker on warped floorboards if it's going to be used. The stress will damage and loosen joints.
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What to look for and how to tell if your rush seat chair is a period piece or a reproduction.