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I had intended to restore this platform rocker chair but have decided to sell or donate it instead as we have no useful place for it after all. Would you know the approximate age and value (if any)? Iím guessing itís made with walnut or mahogany and shows evidence of previous repair to the upper back frame. It was from my parents' NJ beach house that was built over 100 years ago.

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walnut, victorian, 1870.  First like this I have seen since I started in the business in 1969.

If you donate, it will get lost or thrown out due to cost of restoration to the wood and cane.
Due to condition, it will not sell for more than 50 unless you get lucky.

Where are you located, i may know someone you can call.  If you were here I would pay 50 just so it did not get destroyed.  Is it full size or child size?

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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. robertsantiques@cox.net You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.

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