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Posted 5 years ago


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I purchased this rocking chair at a consignment shop in NC because I had never seen the "tri" back rest like this before. It was brought in this year by a lady who is in her late 80's. She stated that it belonged to her great grandmother. I know nothing else. The cane has been replaced I am sure and it also looks as if it has been stained around these areas. There are no identifying marks or on the chair.

The pic of the armchair is the closest style I have found. It's a Charles II circa 1675!

I could only hope!! None the less, I got a DEAL on a beautiful rocking chair.

Donna Moscato

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  1. BHock45 BHock45, 5 years ago
    moscatodv, welcome to CW!!! Thanks for sharing your find with us! Normally chairs will not have marks to ID them unless they were manufactured. To me your chair looks to have been re-caned recently. I have some experience with caning, and yours is very very new looking. Maybe you, or the previous owner had it done???

    A few things. Could you post a picture of the bottom of the seat, or perhaps a close up of the joints or maybe the detail. This way we can determine the age. The type of joint is a sure indicator of the age of the chair, the skill of the craftsman, and the tools used. You could look for a few other signs to determine age.

    Does it look like the rockers are original or added on? Do the scroll designs on top appear to be all the same, and symmetrical? This would indicate machine and not hand carving. I have a few chairs with this vertical swirling turning type look. I would guess your chair is a 1900 European reproduction of chairs like the one you posted in the second photo.

    The angled back rest is a unique feature. I don't recall many originals having this, but I will have to check my resources. But a very nice chair indeed!
  2. moscatodv, 5 years ago
    see 2nd post for more detailed pics

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