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Hi Fred!

I acquire this rocking chair from family, I know it was from at the very least my great grandmother and could be older.  I honestly don't have room for it and I'm I trying to figure out if its worth me finding a place for it or not.  It's not in the most perfect shape, but if it does hold any value I would like to know.  Thank you for your help!

Emily - Your chair is called a Baby Boston rocker. The Boston rocker was introduced in 1835 in New England but actually has no original ties to Boston. It became one of the most popular style chairs and one of the most produced chairs of the entire 19th century. They are not rare or unusual and condition is a major consideration in the value. The most recognizable feature of the Boston rocker is the rolled seat in the front and rear. Your chair is indeed a Boston rocker but a slightly smaller version known as a "baby" Boston or "little" Boston because of its smaller size and lack of arms.

Most black stenciled Bostons, no matter the age, sell at auction in the $25-$50 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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