Antique Childs Rocking Chair


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Antique Childs Rocking Chair

OUR FAVORITE VINTAGE ROCKING CHAIRS Perfect for transforming porches and sunrooms into pleasant spaces worthy of lingering for hours, vintage rocking chairs are the literal manifestation of the phrase take it easy. A beloved icon not only for its ability to induce calmness, but a rocking good time, the vintage rocking chair is also something of an American legend, as well. In fact, many vintage rocker enthusiasts believe that it was Benjamin Franklin who invented the first rocking chair. Although it’s now widely accepted that the first rocker was created in the early 1700s, when Franklin was still a tot, the rocking chair’s ties to American Gothicism continue to endure thanks to its symbolistic presence in novels like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Tennessee Williams plays. Yet the rocking chair of the 18th Century is not the vintage rocking chair of today. In fact, as early as the 1800s, designers began taking stylistic risks with the rocking chair. No longer was the vintage rocking chair a stand-in for a lullaby, but a bold and daring chair with attitude to spare. To learn more about our all-time favorite incarnations of the used rocking chair, read on! THONET ROCKING CHAIR With a curly-cue silhouette that reminds us of the signature on a love note, we can’t get enough of Thonet’s bentwood rocking chair. In the early 19th Century, German-Austrian designer, Michael Thonet, made it his life’s work to figuring out how to bend wood. It turned out the secret to accomplishing the feat was applying hot steam to wood veneer. With the code cracked, the first accent chair out of the gates was the No. 14 Café Chair. A few years later, the Thonet bentwood rocker followed. Although the bentwood rocker features a dramatic, swooping form that’s reminiscent of a Victorian sleigh or carriage, the chair’s design seems to defy aging. Whether used in a period home, Mid-Century home, or contemporary apartment, this used rocking chair has the uncanny ability to look perfectly of the moment. FRANCO ALBINI ROCKING CHAIR If you’re looking for a used rocking chair that will transition from indoors to outdoors without breaking a sweat, try a Franco Albini rocker. Made of rattan, these used rocking chairs feature bent, teardrop-shaped bamboo gliders and a reclined, open-weave seat. While most Albini rockers you encounter will be reproductions, the original Italian rocker’s intent translates well to these more accessible models. Use these used rocking chairs in the company of pastel-hued kilims and curly sheepskins to add a boho chic vibe to a nursery, or use one in company of an Albini ottoman for a more full-blooded Mid-Century aesthetic. EAMES ROCKING CHAIR While the stationary version of the Eames chair needs no introduction, some are still surprised to learn that the iconic fiberglass chair once sported wood rocking horse skids. While the first batch of these vintage rocking chairs was released in 1950, the color catalog was a bit limited, reserved to just greige, elephant hide, and parchment. In the following years, the color catalog blossomed to include colors like seafoam and lemon, but the chair was still discontinued in 1968, save the few lucky employees of Herman Miller who were gifted one of these vintage rockers upon welcoming a baby. If that doesn’t warrant these used rocking chairs nursery status, we don’t know what does! SAM MALOOF ROCKING CHAIR Can a used rocking chair be a thing of beauty? Well, Sam Maloof certainly made it one. In the Mid 20th Century, the Southern California based woodworker became renowned for his exquisite, hard-carved furniture. Although he personally created more than 5,000 pieces during his lifetime, it was his rocking chairs that ultimately came to epitomize his career, gracing both the White House and the Smithsonian. But what about Sam Maloof’s used rocking chairs makes them so special exactly? We think it’s their surrealist take on a traditional rocking chair form. The chair’s gliders, which up until this point in history had always maintained perfect symmetry, are shaped like bows on a Sam Maloof rocker, and are bent slightly downwards at the ends. Add this to the rocking aspect, and this vintage rocking chair is practically a living, breathing being. FRANK GEHRY ROCKING CHAISE Does a used rocking chair just strike you as too precious no matter how you try to swing it? If so, consider something along the lines of a Frank Gehry rocking chaise. For one, this used rocker isn’t a chair, but a chaise, lending it an instant cool factor. Also upping its game? This vintage rocking chair isn’t made of wood, plastic, or bamboo—but corrugated cardboard. An architect by trade, Frank Gehry was seduced by cardboard in the early 1970s when he discovered that layering sheets of it in alternating directions could built its strength to industrial levels. The rocking chaise was part of a line of cardboard furniture known collectively as “Easy Edges,” and with this used rocking chair’s abstract and architectural elements, we’ll label this vintage rocking chair easy indeed. Read more
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Antique Childs Rocking Chair

EAMES ROCKING CHAIR While the stationary version of the Eames chair needs no introduction, some are still surprised to learn that the iconic fiberglass chair once sported wood rocking horse skids. While the first batch of these vintage rocking chairs was released in 1950, the color catalog was a bit limited, reserved to just greige, elephant hide, and parchment. In the following years, the color catalog blossomed to include colors like seafoam and lemon, but the chair was still discontinued in 1968, save the few lucky employees of Herman Miller who were gifted one of these vintage rockers upon welcoming a baby. If that doesn’t warrant these used rocking chairs nursery status, we don’t know what does! SAM MALOOF ROCKING CHAIR Can a used rocking chair be a thing of beauty? Well, Sam Maloof certainly made it one. In the Mid 20th Century, the Southern California based woodworker became renowned for his exquisite, hard-carved furniture. Although he personally created more than 5,000 pieces during his lifetime, it was his rocking chairs that ultimately came to epitomize his career, gracing both the White House and the Smithsonian. But what about Sam Maloof’s used rocking chairs makes them so special exactly? We think it’s their surrealist take on a traditional rocking chair form. The chair’s gliders, which up until this point in history had always maintained perfect symmetry, are shaped like bows on a Sam Maloof rocker, and are bent slightly downwards at the ends. Add this to the rocking aspect, and this vintage rocking chair is practically a living, breathing being. FRANK GEHRY ROCKING CHAISE Does a used rocking chair just strike you as too precious no matter how you try to swing it? If so, consider something along the lines of a Frank Gehry rocking chaise. For one, this used rocker isn’t a chair, but a chaise, lending it an instant cool factor. Also upping its game? This vintage rocking chair isn’t made of wood, plastic, or bamboo—but corrugated cardboard. An architect by trade, Frank Gehry was seduced by cardboard in the early 1970s when he discovered that layering sheets of it in alternating directions could built its strength to industrial levels. The rocking chaise was part of a line of cardboard furniture known collectively as “Easy Edges,” and with this used rocking chair’s abstract and architectural elements, we’ll label this vintage rocking chair easy indeed.
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Antique Childs Rocking Chair

Identifying Old Rocking Chairs Identifying old rocking chairs is not difficult if you take a little time to research the unique characteristics of various styles and eras. Look carefully at the following images. They represent several different decades of rocking chairs. This small chair is a ladies sewing rocker, sometimes called a nursing rocker. The chair is always bigger than child-size but smaller than a full size rocker would be. The lack of arms allowed the lady of the house to easily nurse and infant or sew a shirt while she rocked. These are utilitarian chairs, usually simple and made from pine. Pressed Back The pressed back rocking chair was part of the colonial revival style that lasted from about 1870 to 1920. You can easily identify this style by the raised design of the wood on the back. Beware of reproductions; this style became popular again in the 1980s. Antique Wicker Rocking Chair It is hard to imagine a proper Victorian veranda with out a wicker rocker. Wicker had been used since Roman times to create furniture and was popular as early as the middle of the 1700s in the United States. Victorians perfected the design, and loved wicker because it allowed them to have all the scroll work and details that their hearts desired. Neoclassical A big help in identifying old rocking chairs is to look at the lines and the way the back is designed. This neoclassical, upholstered rocker is part of the Colonial Revival period from 1870-1920. It has some detail in the back as well as the spools on the legs. You can see some of the simple Arts and Crafts era influence in how the back of the chair is made. Classic Ladderback Rocker The classic ladderback rocker is what many people think of when they think of a country rocking chair. It is easy to recognize with its tall back and slat design. Bentwood Rocker The Bentwood Rocker was introduced in 1856 in Austria by Michael Thonet. There were many variations on this design but it was always made with steamed wood bent into a variety of swirls. Jenny Lind Children's Rocker Jenny Lind furniture was named after a popular Swedish opera singer in the late 1850s. It is easy to identify by the turned spindles. It is often used for baby and children’s furniture. Mission Style Rocking Chair The Mission style is simple, squared off , and squat. It has the feel of solidity and a beauty all its own. Eames Era Rocking Chair Finally, the Eames Era (1950s-1960s) brought a contemporary look to all furniture, including rocking chairs. The chairs were designed to comfortably support the body. They are usually made of molded plastic and have very modern looking forms. It does take some skill to identify these old rocking chairs but by looking at as many as possible, asking questions, and learning about the designs you can be an expert in no time.

Antique Childs Rocking Chair

Antique Childs Rocking Chair
Antique Childs Rocking Chair
Antique Childs Rocking Chair
Antique Childs Rocking Chair

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