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Chairs: Antique & Unique Similar in appearance, close examination reveals important differences between these two antique rocking chairs.
The rocker on the left, a classic four-slat back example with good proportions and back legs that terminate in decorative finials, probably dates from the mid-1800s. Its taped fabric seat is a rudimentary form of upholstery.
The rocker on the right has replaced the slats with narrow rods over which a woven back cushion has been worked. Its matching seat cushion makes this a comfortable chair. Not surprisingly, the form was popularized in the mid- to late 1800s by the Shakers, who manufactured scores of chairs and sold them throughout the country.
The footstool is the perfect complement to both rockers. A common feature in most farmhouses of the period, the matching footstool is both practical and aesthetically pleasing with its arched side rails and splayed legs.
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