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Sewing rocker
Sewing rocker  
A friend gave me this rocker many years ago and said it was from the late 1800's. The seat is cane and the back is turned spindles.   Was wondering if I could get some info on this beautiful piece.

Joan - The low armless rocker became popular in the late 19th century as a chair devoted entirely to the feminine tasks of sewing and nursing. It was included as a standard part of many late 19th century bedroom suites. This custom continued through the Depression era of the 1930s.

Your chair is probably turn of the century since it is made of birch with a walnut or mahogany finish. The cane appears to have been replaced at some point. Chairs like yours sell at auciotn in the $30-$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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