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Great Grandma's Rocking Chair, made by Great Grandpa

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Posted 5 years ago


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I inherited this rocking chair from my Mother. She always said it was her Grandmothers chair and that her grandfather made it. He was a furniture maker in Chicago at the turn of the century and died in 1911. He was born outside Quebec City on the Cote de Beaupre and came from several generations of French Canadian carpenters and furniture makers.
There are screws where the legs attach to the rockers but they appear to be from a later repair. There are no other visible joints or nails/screws. The chair is very sturdy. Obviously the seat has been recovered, I have a vague memory of it being filled with straw when I was a child but I'm not sure.
The back of the chair has four slats and 3 dowels - the slats are not fixed and can spin. Above the slats are wooden balls (because I don't know what to call them) - the center row spins but the top and bottom are fixed.
The carving on the back of the chair I was told is my Great Grandmother. The corn stalks have always confused me and they are either part of the posts as one piece or the joint is very solid and well disguised.
I would like to try and confirm anything about the style, the way it was made and that it's age matches the story I have.

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  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    I haven't ever seen a chair like this one! I like it very much! Hopefully, someone else can provide some more helpful remarks. : )
  2. JuliaMS, 5 years ago
    I also remembered that in the 1890's his occupation was listed as Artistic Interior Decorations, in 1900 as a furnature maker/dealer and by 1910 as an upholsterer.
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    I decided that I didn't praise it highly enough the first time around: This is a magnificent chair!
  4. JuliaMS, 3 years ago
    Still looking for any information on the style of this chair
  5. vanman, 2 years ago
    JuliaMS, I was shocked when I saw the picture of your rocker. My mother left me the identical twin. It belonged to her mother. So, they are rare but not unique. Let me know if you want to see a picture.
  6. JuliaMS, 2 years ago
    Vanman, Yes I Do! I found one other on the internet but the person never answers. Do you know anything about where it came from? My e-mail is

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