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Posted 7 years ago


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Hi folks! This is a folding rocking chair I purchased at a local thrift store here in my hometown of Tawas, MI. The metal tag on its side reads:
"GOLD MEDAL" Folding Furniture Co.
Racine, WIS. Made in the u.s.a.
Patents Pending
I am having a problem with the research dating and naming the chair though.. If anyone has any information as to when it was made and the style name i would appreciate it very much!
So onto my story. In the store a gentleman was carrying the chair in its folded state and I payed little attention until he opened it up and placed it on the showroom floor. To my surprise he was a volunteer for the store and wasn't someone buying it. Swiftly I walked over to it, collapsed it and asked the selling price. The man shrugged and said five bucks! Elated, I opened my billfold and soon after it was riding next to me on the way home!
I found this to be probably one of my favorite pieces of furniture that I own. It is old. I do know that much but very funtional and comfortable infact I am sitting in it as i type. And for those reasons I am very proud to own it. A fisherman, guy I didn't know, offered me one hundred dollars one day as I sit rocking on the dock watching my poles. I laughed and kindly said thanks for the offer but its not for sale. He didn't have any information about the chair nor did I fish for any from him. But that made me even more proud of it and still every day I take it somewhere I get several comments of admiration about this darned ol' good chair.
Thanks for your time and any information you might have leading to the identification of my chair. Jeff

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  1. LauraJ27 LauraJ27, 7 years ago
    $5.00 now thats a deal! Love the chair. Looks like a Kenny Chesney Chair, lol. I am not sure of the maker but def. enjoy it. :)
  2. jeffbuckler jeffbuckler, 7 years ago
    Hey thanks Laura! I just love the thing. Just curious (I'm new here) I can't see the image for some reason yet you can. Is that normal?
  3. jeffbuckler jeffbuckler, 7 years ago
    ahh there we go :)
  4. nannah nannah, 7 years ago
    do a google search for gold medal folding furniture they started in 1892
    they may be able to help you further
  5. jeffbuckler jeffbuckler, 7 years ago
    Hi Nannah. I did google that in a couple different combinations but made no real progress on my part. Saw lots of photos of other Gold Medal chairs, just not mine.
  6. nannah nannah, 7 years ago
    im wondering if you email the co. they might have an archive
  7. LauraJ27 LauraJ27, 7 years ago
    Yeppers! I can see your chair Jeff.
  8. jeffbuckler jeffbuckler, 7 years ago
    Good idea on emailing the company. Gonna look into that. Thanks nannah
  9. tikiray tikiray, 7 years ago
    Jeff, I can't find anything about your rocker, but it is super cool! Tell you what I'll do.... I'll buy this rocker for you.... then buy your rocker for me! :) LOL

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