Carved Cherry Rocking Chair, ca. 1905
My father's mother owned the chair, and she got it from family friends in Ohio. It sat up in the attic of my parents' home for a long time because when I was a kid, I used to go up in the attic and it had an old cracked leather seat with horsehair falling out of it.
Yeah, I believe it.
And, um, so I would say it's been in the family about 100 years.
Alright, I think the chair was made in America, made I think at a furniture manufactory. We see a lot of these crazy, turn-of-the-century, so-called Victorian chairs, but this one I think is way above average. We see Granny with literally her granny glasses, and she has this halo-- it's a shell or a rising sun-- and these outrageous finials of stalks of corn. At some point, it probably had a dark finish. That was removed, but in doing so, you did reveal the fact that it's made out of cherry wood, which is very beautiful wood. The fact that they're memorializing Grandma at the turn of the century, there's a sweet, sentimental quality about this that I find very appealing. I think it would probably be worth somewhere between $800 and $1,200.
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