Needing to sell my Great Grandma's old platform rocker and wanted as much history as you know and a value. Appreciate anything you can tell me.
Thanks so much! -Ashley
Answer Ashley - Thanks for the great photos. Your rocker is Eastlake style from the late 19th century - 1880-1890. Charles Locke Eastlake was an English designer who was a leader in the rebellion against Victorian excesses. He advocated a return to value and simple design in furniture. He published his influential book “Hints on Household Taste” in England in 1868 and in the US in the early 1870s. His ideas of straight lines and simple decoration appealed to the machine-driven factory made furniture production of the era and even though Eastlake never actually designed a single piece of furniture, his name is attached to one of America’s most produced styles.
The style is identified by the shallow geometric carvings and the overall "mechanical" look. The spindles under the arms are another Eastlake hallmark. They are "honeydippers." Turned wooden spindles like these were actually used to dip honey from a jar in the late 19th century. The chair is made of solid walnut.
Eastlake has not done very well in the market in the last few years. Your chair would sell at auction in the $100 range. However you probably can get around $200 for it in a private retail sale.
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