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I just picked up this S. Bent & Bros rocker at a yard sale today for $30. I do not believe it is that old, but I was wondering if you know around when it was manufactured, the type of wood, and what it might retail for if cleaned up a bit.

ANSWER: at first glance i thought this was oak but it is ash.  note absence of lines between the bold grain patterns.

likely from the 1950-60s.  wax it up and you should get 100-150.

a little info from my files.
Gardner’s fourth oldest manufacturing company and an offshoot of Heywood-Wakefield Company.
Founded: 1867 by Samuel, Charles O. and Roderic L. Bent
Location: Mill Street in South Gardner
Products: First made five-spindle factory chairs for Heywood-Wakefield, and later made Colonial chairs and rockers. About 1870 they began making children’s chairs, rockers and stools. From the 1920s-1950s they made breakfast sets and institutional furniture. One specialty, by the 1960s, was the college and university chair. Bent Brothers, along with Nichols and Stone, were national leaders in this area.
Company closed: 2001

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QUESTION: Thanks so much! I found a note taped to the bottom of the chair that was a bit misleading- I think it says the item was purchased new in 1999, but maybe it says 1949?

or 79. thing is these patterns were used for decades so i could be wrong but on the note it also says amish rocker but it is a manufactured rocker in the golden oak turn of the 20th century style.

are the screws holding the hip rests slot head or Phillips and are there any screws or nails under the stretchers where they fit into the legs??

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