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    Posted 2 years ago

    Nickel827
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    I inherited this rocker but have.no information on it. Would love to know more about it, possible age, maker?

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    1. slackjack, 2 years ago
      I believe this chair was made by Hunzinger of New York city because of the fabric wrapped steel banding on the back. He patented that banding. BUT..........I cannot find a comparable chair online.
    2. groveland, 2 years ago
      Really no mystery. You have a rocker by the NYC 19th century maker Hunzinger.

      The back is composed of flat steel (?) strips covered with a felt like material (of which you can see remaining remnants) woven to form the back and originally the seat. The relevant patents for this method of chair back and seat construction was issued to Hunzinger in 1876 and for the plush covered metal strips in 1881. The seat of your chair appears to have been redone in some sort of twine or string, unfortunately.

      For a rocker virtually identical to yours where the mesh seat and back are both replaced by string, see this article which which appeared on the Collectors Weekly website:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/furniture-of-the-future/

      You will have to cut and paste the URL into your navigation bar. Rather informative.

      I've also posted a Hunzinger chair with a mesh seat and back:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/246108-yet-another-hunzinger-chair

      Again, you will need to cut and paste the URL into your navigation bar. This posting has some suggestions for further reading.

      Groveland.

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