A friend of mine gave me her ex-husband's rocker (he didn't want it and she didn't want it) and I have had it for many years and am now looking to sell it. I was curious about it's value and any additional info you might have concerning an item like this. When it was refinished, the seat stuffing was old straw.
Also, would you know of anyone in the Denver CO area who could help me sell it or give me more info on it.
Answer Diane - The rocker was made around the turn of the 20th century. It was a factory made, mass produced chair and was generally sold through mail order catalogs. Several similar rockers are shown in the 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog and range in price from $4 to $8.
I can't determine the wood in your chair but it is probably birch with a mahogany stain.
In today's market your chair would sell at auction in the $75 to $100 range. I am not familiar with the Denver area.
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