Antique Rocking Chair, Bentwood Diaper Rocker, Quarter Sawn Oak & Maple, Victorian Age, Old Square Fasteners, Harp Back, Brown Gold Wood

$1,300.00 $1,625.00

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The antique wooden rocking chair is in very good condition. This chair came from an antique collector who had originally received this gorgeous old rocker as a gift from a family member in 1979 - the note is still attached to the bottom of the rocker . The particular "armless" style of this chair is purposeful. This rocking chair is referred to as a diaper rocker. A mother would use this chair to care for her newborn baby as it was easy to maneuver in due to the lack of arms.

As the pictures reveal, this antique rocking chair was has the appearance of pre-machine built construction - woodworkers used hand-tools. For example, the back of the chair reveals a few things about the construction of this gorgeous old rocking chair. First, it was built to be functional. The quarter-sawn oak and maple wood construction give this particular chair a very strong frame. The lines running across the grain of the headrest are consistent with quarter-sawn oak. Second, the chair was built to have a nice appearance as can be seen in the carved headrest. The carving appears to be either stars of flowers. Finally, the joints and embedded square nuts reveal a primitive style of construction. However, the bentwood sides of the carved harp-shaped back are somewhat more consistent with the Victorian era than Arts & Crafts or Shaker Period furniture. Furthermore, it is very possible that pieces of furniture built with a specific purpose in mind would be influenced from different eras - especially since the piece was to be used instead of made for resale.

The age of this gorgeous antique diaper rocker is evident is the wear and rub marks on the exterior of the chair. Also, the aging of the wood is evident as the picture of the bottom reveals a nail driven beside a steel wedge to help hold the back dowels-style post in position. The back posts have a little play in them - mostly the one with the nail. Even more so, it is important to remember that antiques in particular should not be carelessly handled. While this chair can be used, it is more of an antique collectible than a daily rocking chair.

The decorative possibilities for this gorgeous antique rocking chair are many. The "armless" construction allows this chair to work in smaller spaces. The entryway or living area would welcome the addition of this gorgeous antique diaper chair. Also, the den or bedroom would welcome this primitive yet stylish wooden rocker for its warm and welcoming appearance. In addition, this would be a very nice rocker to showcase from a raised hearth or in a step-down den with an old quilt or afghan across the top.

The collector will appreciate this gorgeous antique rocking chair for its very good condition and uniquely purposeful construction - a diaper chair.

This gorgeous antique diaper rocker weighs approximately 13 pounds.

The antique rocking chair measures 35.25" tall to the top of the side posts on the back and 34 5/8" tall in the center of the back.

The width of the back measures 16.25" wide at the top from outside to outside and 18.5" wide from outside to outside in the widest area of the bentwood sides.

The front seat height measures 14 7/8" tall.

The seat measures 16.25" wide in the front and 13" wide between the back support posts x 15 3/8" deep.

The front rocker width measures 16.5" from outside of rocker to outside of rocker and the back rocker width measures 9" from outside of rocker to outside of rocker.

The rockers measures 33" deep on one side and 33 1/8" deep on the other side from tip to tip.

The back of the chair measures 25 5/8" tall from the seat up to the center of the headrest.

The height of the seat in the very back measures 12" tall.

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Antique Rocking Chair Wooden Diaper Rocker Primitive Quarter Sawn Oak & Maple Construction Brown Gold Harp Shaped Back Bentwood Sides

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