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old rocker - rope bottom
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Hello Mr. Taylor!  

I seem to have an affinity for old, homeless rocking chairs ... they all have a story!  This little lady in the pic was headed straight for the dumpster before she made her way home with me. She has no distinguishing markings, etc but from perusing the wealth of info on, it seems to me that she's a nursing/sewing rocker.  Can you tell me anything else about her ... age, style, market value?  

Thanks so much!


Robin - The style of the chair is Arts & Craft/Mission from the early 20th century. However, I do not believe this chair is of the period. It appears to be later reproduction. It would be classified as a sewing or nursing rocker.

The low armless rocker became popular in the late 19th century as a chair devoted entirely to feminine tasks. It was included as a standard part of many late 19th century bedroom suites. This custom continued through the Depression era of the 1930s.

Here is an example of the real thing circa 1912-1917 made by L. &J.G. Stickley that sold at auction for $350.

I believe your chair would sell at auction in the $100-$150 range.

Thanks for writing.

Fred Taylor

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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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