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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Originally had a horse hair cushion. Beautiful mahogany rocking chair over 150 years old. Haven't seen another like it and would love to know more about it.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      Interesting looking mahogany. How did you establish the wood species and age?
    2. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Looks like a bad guess over the age of it. Looks like early to mid 20th century. The arms are like a Regency style but the back of chair is 20th century. Unfortunately rocking chairs were made like crazy and now hold small value and demand is not there anymore. I doubt the mahogany also and would rather say pine, not seeing the wood very closely.
    3. Shepherdkatie, 5 years ago
      It is not "a bad guess" regarding the age. This chair has been in my family for over 150 years and was most likely from the late 1880's. The chair is absolutely not pine.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      I'd question the age as well-- don't see a 19th century chair.

      Some additional photos would be helpful-- the bottom, close up of construction with seat cushion out and some joints.

    5. Shepherdkatie, 5 years ago
      There is no doubt the age of this chair as it has been in my immediate family. I posted some additional photos
    6. Goldenwing, 5 years ago
      It could be an early Dutch scroll armchair with a repaired back and rocker rails added sometime after 1830
    7. Shepherdkatie, 5 years ago
      This chair is in original condition. My mother once saw this identical chair in the Mclaughlin museum in Oregon several years ago.
    8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      Perhaps the prudent thing to do is send your photo's to the museum and ask them. They don't show this rocker in their photo section.
    9. MemoryKeeperII, 5 years ago
      Your chair is quite unique. The wood is not pine; if not mahogany, then I would guess that walnut was used in its construction ... at least for the arms, legs and rockers. It appears to have been hand-carved.

      The arms are beautiful, and reminiscent of of those seen on the 'Lincoln' rocking chairs of the 1870s. Horsehair and the manner in which its seat was supported, are common in Victorian chairs.

      It looks to me like you have a 'folk-art' heirloom rocker, on your hands!

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