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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I found this wonderful little rocking chair at a thrift store in Minnesota. I sat it in and it seemed to be the perfect size for me. It has a small drawer with pegs that seem to hold spools of thread. It is pie shaped and swings out the right, just under the seat.

    I originally purchased the chair thinking I'd refinish it, but after doing some research found out it may be an antique from Phoenix Chair Co. but unfortunately the label is mostly torn off (see photo). I can make out the green striped border on the sticker label along with the P, h, i , and x. There is no visible chair number as it must have been on the part torn completely off.

    The chair is not in the greatest shape as you can see. There are quite a few gouges in the wood and the finish is mostly worn off.

    Can anyone tell me if the chair is sill considered a "collectible" without the visible chair number? Weighing the pros and cons of refinishing it.

    I would love to know if anyone else has found a chair like this. I have never seen one before. Please share with me what you know.

    Thank you,


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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      Without the label under the seat it will be difficult to research and identify positively. The label would have had a series of numbers to identify the chair. There are some of their old catalogs available online but I am at a loss to remember the site where they are located. The chair was probably made between 1915 and late 1920's if it is actually a Phoenix because they folded during the 30's. There is no reason to doubt it being original except a little or lots of research. As for value, like everything condition, supply and demand dictate. You need a buyer to have a value. You should be able to find similar offered on the usual sites but offering and selling are two different things. Not big money but a nice evening out to eat.
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      PS: I think I have seen Phoenix sewing rockers on the Antiques Road Show. They may have something available online to help. Just an idea for research
    3. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Great chair-- really like the drawer.

      I'd refinish it and use it-- keep us posted on what you decide.

    4. RachaelP, 7 years ago
      I think I'm going to refinish it and keep it for myself. I always want to keep what I find though, so I might change my mind in a few days after the excitement has worn off. Who knows! Thank you for the responses.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Good luck with it.

      Remember "less is more"-- don't destroy the character and age by over- sanding/ grinding the wood to get rid of larger scratches and dings. Make it functional but leave the character of the piece.

    6. RachaelP, 7 years ago
      That is the plan :) my dad is a carpenter and will help. Thanks.

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