Featured Appropriate Dating of Rocking Chair Please

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  1. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    20AD392D-37C3-4019-AF8D-9B0A963B3D04.jpeg Hello Everyone,

    I was thinking of buying this as a Project for the winter.

    Any idea of dating, please?

    Thank you for looking. :)
     
  2. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

    That is a form commonly known as a Lincoln rocker, although technically, his was upholstered. The age is c. 1870s-80s, based on the fact that it has woven cane rather than machine-caned seat and back. That is an ambitious project for you, even though they got a good start on the back weaving. The seat will have to be started over.
     
  3. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

    I got curious and looked it up .... hand-caning rates are up to $3 per hole these days! That would be about $275 just for the seat.
     
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  4. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Thank you @Darkwing Manor. I think I will get it, if it’s still available. I’ve watched a few videos on hand caning. There is also some damage I can see on the right side.

    If I get it, I’m sure I’ll be posting for help.
     
  5. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Looks like something going on here.
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  6. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

    Weaving backs are a bit trickier as you need to add a horizontal spacer to maintain the natural curve of the back. Hopefully, you can find that technique on a video somewhere.
     
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  7. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

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  8. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    If I get it I’ll post photos. It’s $19.
    Do you know wood type of wood it might be?
     
  9. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

    Hard to tell from the photos, maybe ash?
     
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  10. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    More like a couple of winters! :p That arm is broken & not an easy fix either, it's a structural repair.


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  11. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    But you would help me, right?
     
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  12. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    I'd think walnut. Darkwing's pretty much nailed it. Sadly, rockers are mostly give-aways these days, even in excellent condition. Nevertheless, this will be a great learning opportunity for you. After you stitch the cane, you can easily recondition the wood with Howard's. Please post a picture or two when you're done!!
     
  13. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    You will need a professional to repair a structural break, no getting around that.
     
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  14. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    If it was "just caning" I would say go for it but with a structural break, unless you have the tools & knowledge, NO!
     
  15. NewEngland

    NewEngland Well-Known Member

    I agree with James. Don't buy it. There's too much damage. I've seen similar rocking chairs in much better condition for less. The caning materials will cost quite a lot, and the time commitment is huge. I have caned many chairs. I've always considered chair caning to be a summer project when you can work outside. It's messy. If you are new at caning, you should probably start with an easier project. Maybe just a simple chair seat without a back.
     
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  16. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    I’ve asked the seller for photos of the damage. I guess I’ve been talked out of it. Thanks everyone.
     
  17. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

    I guess I'm spoiled. I've got a handyman stashed in the shop.
     
  18. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    @i need help, I've clarified the image of the breaks the best I could!! Yep, think you probably need to get a friend or pro who has the right glue and clamps for that major break, but other than that....a great winter learning project!!! Up to you who's advice you take!!! You're a smart cookie....do you want to invest the time and effort or not!! I'm leaning more towards @Ghopper, IF you have that kind of time to invest!! (Maybe they'll just GIVE you the rocker!!!!!:):):))

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  19. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Would love to see some of your work. :)
     
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  20. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    Yes, plenty OF "PROJECT" furniture out there that doesn't require a fully equipped woodshop to fix, this rocker ain't it though.
     
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