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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Vintage oak Windsor style cane back chair with red tufted vinyl seat that has spring rocking mechanism beneath the seat and four fixed legs like a normal chair. Chair rocks from seat only. Trying to find more info, manufacturer, date made, what was it used for; office, library, home?? Was it manufactured this way or modified? Would appreciate any information available about this chair.

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    1. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
      What you have is a circa 1895 oak spring rocker. The form is more recognized as a captains chair than windsor chair. The 1890's showed a lot of mechanical innovation in furniture, thus the spring rocker mechanism. I think the size of this spring lended itself to breaking so there are not a lot of examples of this chair that survived. I found one other example.;_ylt=AwrEx662aoBadQ4AYDNjCWVH;_ylu=X3oDMTBsZ29xY3ZzBHNlYwNzZWFyY2gEc2xrA2J1dHRvbg--;_ylc=X1MDMTE5NzgwMzg3NQRfcgMyBGFjdG4DY2xrBGJjawNudWxsBGNzcmNwdmlkA3phVDdnVEV3TGpGaEtIdzVRLk5vUEF3b05qUXVNd0FBQUFEOFVJTDYEZnIDBGdwcmlkA3ouM1ZTa1pZUzZPVFhSOTFHcVM4UkEEbXRlc3RpZANudWxsBG5fc3VnZwMwBG9yaWdpbgNzZWFyY2guYW9sLmNvbQRwb3MDMARwcXN0cgMEcHFzdHJsAwRxc3RybAMzMwRxdWVyeQNnb2xkZW4gb2FrIGNhcHRhaW5zIGNoYWlyIHNwcmluZyAEdF9zdG1wAzE1MTgzNjU1NDQEdnRlc3RpZANudWxs?gprid=z.3VSkZYS6OTXR91GqS8RA&pvid=zaT7gTEwLjFhKHw5Q.NoPAwoNjQuMwAAAAD8UIL6&
    2. Gillian, 5 years ago
      That has to be the longest URL I've ever seen. What an amazing chair, and how did you find the exact same one?
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      rocker-sd that is a great search string. Did you include the + between words or did AOL search add them? Most people don't know to use them.
    4. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
      Not quite the exact same one , but close. I think this was more of a office chair, than a rocker. It was manufactured this way but probably not in hugh quantities. I don't feel the red cushion is original to the chair, would help to see a better shot of the bottom of the chair and a picture without the cushion if it isn't permanently attached.
    5. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
      fhrjr2, just used keywords that were apparent to me when viewing it. I had pretty good idea what it was, but always like to confirm before posting.
    6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      OK, I just wondered when I saw the keyword combination. I frequently use the + or Boolean operators for searches to narrow it down.
    7. retreads, 5 years ago
      Thank you all, esp. rocker-sd. This was as found, have no idea of repairs or alterations to it, adding a couple more photos of base and top. Agree that vinyl top was probably added later. Works as should, hope to find it a new home eventually.
    8. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
      Your welcome. Where are you located, I may be able to refer you to a restorer.
    9. kmdunningaia, 3 years ago
      I have a similar chair with original cane back and cane seat. On mine, the barrel shaped cane back extends almost to the seat with a continuous wood center support behind the caning (from the seat to the top of the back) and short supports to either side of center. Same carved front and turned legs.

      There are two similar ones on this site posted late 2019/early 2020. That owner says that her mother obtained them from a collector and that they were used in train stations for desk workers. Any confirmation of that?

      Thanks in advance for any help in learning more about this type of spring action chair.

      Has anyone determined the manufacturer? Would welcome any information.
    10. SOLAS SOLAS, 3 years ago
      I have this same style of chair. I realize this post is 2 years old. But I was hoping to be able find out more about it. And what it is worth. I am trying to decide if I should hold on to it or sell it. Mine does not have a cushioned seat. Plus the cane is pushing out of the back.
    11. kmdunningaia, 3 years ago
      Hi, saw your post about your chair. I had one as well (see my post of 3 months ago). I am not at liberty to tell you how much it sold for as a designer bought it for a client, but you can google Antique English Cane Desk Chair and scroll down until you see the listing on Chairish - that was it. It sold very quickly. However, it was in great shape; yours having caning damage will reduce the value (IMO) as those repairs are very pricey. Good luck in your quest to learn more.
    12. SOLAS SOLAS, 3 years ago
      Oh Thank you! I doubt if I can get that kind of price. The cane has some kind of dried up goop covering part of it too. Not sure what it is . That is why it has been a basement chair. I like it because it is so different. I just may end up keeping it and selling mid-century cricket rocker . Do you know who made the chair?
      Anyway thanks for your response.
    13. kmdunningaia, 3 years ago
      Sorry, I had attempted to learn who made it, but no luck with that. Another posted that she thought it was French, not English, due to the curved back. Could be correct.
    14. SOLAS SOLAS, 3 years ago
      I sure seems like an office chair. But you'd think it would have wheels if it was.
    15. retreads, 3 years ago
      Congratulations on the sale of your chair. Most of the information that we have for ours came from this thread. Someone had told me that they thought it was an office chair or from a fire house and Sears Roebuck may have sold them. My vinyl seat is definitely a replacement but mechanism works and while we had at once hope to sell it, I think it has grown on us. But if someone to make an offer anywhere close to your sales price I might reconsider. Sorry for the delay in responding.
    16. retreads, 3 years ago
    17. kmdunningaia, 3 years ago
      Retreads -- thanks for your kind words. I was very pleased to sell it.

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