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Mission Style Furniture47 of 101Parson bench New England possibly 1800?Mission Style Chair
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I purchased this rocking chair from a Los Angeles antique store in 2003, I don't remember how old they said it was at the time of purchase and are curious to know how old it is and any other details.

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    1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      I absolutely love American mission furniture!!! Even if I don't know enough about it I always find surprising their solid construction and the beauty of the wood they're made of.
    2. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Beautiful Mission style chair , These were made to last not like todays' cheap stuff . Very nice ! it is Oak and quatersawn oak to make the arms to give it that tigar stripe look . A famous maker was Stickley but other companies did this style also . If is were marked Stickley you have a prize piece . The Mission style or Arts and Crafts era spanned from early 1900's best lnown for 1920 . They still make Mission style or Arts and Crafts style today and it has a renewed interest .
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      I can't enlarge your pictures and the last one is too dark to see the glue blocks. It is a really, really nice piece. I think it has been through some minor refitting at some point which isn't terribly uncommon. In the picture of the right side, front of the chair it looks like one peg has been used where there should be two both front and rear if it was original construction. The tenons would pop from rocking if the joint was simply glued so installing dowel pins through the tenon would cure the problem. The back end of the arm isn't clear but should have either a plugged screw or a wooden dowel pin holding it to the back of the chair. I would venture to say late 1930's to early 40's. If you can see a glob of glue on the under side put a drop or two of vinegar on it. If the vinegar dissolves the glue into crystals then it is certainly pre 1950's.
    4. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      I agree fhr I kind of mistyped what I meant to say it became more popular in 20's and sure did span into 30'-40's :-)
      alisonaber fhr is a expert in wood and building so listen to him more than me . I was just a collector or say I inherited lots of antique and old furniture and did live in a Arts and Craft house :-) But fhr can tell you much more !
    5. hickadilly1 hickadilly1, 7 years ago
      Quarter cut rocker, I have one here too in need of repair, but beautiful pice.
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      I just saw one like this today at the thrift !! I believe these were made in Rockford ,ill , and I think it was call ROCKFORD FURNITURE COMPANY? I could be wrong!!
    7. alisonabernathy, 7 years ago
      Thank you everyone who contributed comments and knowledge regarding the mission style chair. I learned quite a bit!
    8. Jandot, 7 years ago
      I have this same exact rocker. I purchased it at a flea market in the early 80's. Yours is the first one I've seen that comes close to the one I purchased. I always wondered about it too...I was glad to see your post!!

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