Question Hi, I'm helping an elderly relative sell her furniture to raise money for health care costs. She is 95 and does not recall much about these two pieces other than that they were her mother's. I believe the furniture is American-made, purchased somewhere in the New York/New Jersey area, as the family seemed to be anchored there. I can't actually guarantee that they are antiques, although the wood is so solid/heavy that it seems likely. I will send photos to you by email. I'm sorry if this isn't a lot of information to go on.
Answer Jennifer - The tall chair appears to be a European Revival style chair made of oak and possibly American made but more likely German. It is called a face chair. Faces carved in chair backs was popular around the turn of the 20th century.
The rocker is a Rococo Revival Grecian style chair from the third quarter of the 19th century. Similar chairs are called "Lincoln rockers" because that is the style chair Lincoln was in when he was assassinated. It is made of mahogany and is definitely American made.
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