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I think we have an old tiger oak rocker.  Would like to know it's age and worth.  Thank you.

Leticia - That is a great looking chair. It is in fact made of "tiger oak." Tiger eye oak or cat's eye oak is the colloquial name used for white oak (Quercus alba) that has been quarter sawn. Quarter sawing is a method of cutting an oak log that produces the distinctive grain pattern seen in the wood. Quarter sawing is further explained and illustrated in my book “HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE” (

The rocker is part of the "Golden Oak" period of American furniture from around 1880 to 1920. Your chair was made around 1900. It was factory made in the Midwest, probably Grand Rapids or Chicago.

It is one of the best examples of the period I have seen in years and would probably qualify as an entry in the book by Nancy Schiffer "The Best of Golden Oak Furniture."

Unfortunately in today's depressed market the rocker would sell at auction only in the $100-$200 range.

Thanks for writing.

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.


I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at

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