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Acadian House Museum

Chair, Rocking

Accession number: 2001.002.180
Date: before 2001
Materials: Wood
Measurements: 77 cm L x 43.5 cm W x 96 cm H
Narrative: Rocking chairs were first produced in the early nineteenth century. Windsor rockers with hoop backs, spindles and headrest along with wicker rockers were two popular early designs. By 1860 Michael Thonet created the first bentwood rocking chair composed of bent steamed wood. Modern rockers incorporate diverse materials into sometimes whimsical designs.
Description: Four legs extend from two rocker slats. The legs are joined by a front stretcher and two rung stretchers (each side). There is no rear stretcher. The seat has a round hole with a diameter of 33 cm, which is covered by leather which has been carved with intricate floral designs that keep the theme of the chair. The arms of the chair are eahc supported by an arm post and five spindles. The seat back is supported by a stile on each side and seven spindles. The headpiece is carved with scrolling designs.