Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Pressed Oak Rocker


rocking chair
rocking chair  

Hi! I acquired this rocker from a neighbor's yard sale. I have a thing for old chairs, and this one's patina and carvings made me fall in love. Our neighbors said it belonged to their late mother and there was so much bickering amongst the family about who would inherit it that they decided to just get rid of it for $100.

All of the carvings and seat are in-tact (no chips). It still is a functional rocking chair, but could use some tightening up of some of the joints. In my search to learn more about the style, I've seen 2 exact same chairs come up in my search (without accompanying info), but they look much darker in color.

That all said, I'm wondering what you can tell me about:
- The production year
- The style
- Is it desirable among collectors?
- Is it in what would be considered good visual condition?
- What might it be worth?

Thank you VERY much for your time and expertise!!

wood is mahogany veneer and birch.  it is a good one, good condition and desirable since many have damaged seats and lifting veneers.

these were made around 1900.

this is one of those things that does not fall into a neat category.  style is empire transitioning to victorian, it has elements of both.

it has been refinished at some time and would sell at 350 in a shop.

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robert klein


In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.


I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.

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