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There is some debate about the origin of the rocking chair. Many credit its invention to Benjamin Franklin, however, others suggest that the first rocking chair was created by German craftsman Michael Thonet in 1860. Rocking chair makers traditionally steamed wooden dowels so they became flexible and could be bent into the right shapes for the chair. Over time, manufacturing practices and materials have varied.
Regardless of their origin, it is undeniable that antique rocking chairs give a feeling of nostalgia. Since the 18th century, rocking chairs have become a staple in homes, particularly on porches and in nurseries. A rocking chair immediately provides a relaxing experience, whether one is enjoying the outdoors or rocking a baby at bedtime.
Over the years, there have been plenty of different types of rocking chairs. Here are descriptions of the most popular styles and their corresponding features:
Several factors can influence the price of antique rocking chairs. These include condition, materials, style and provenance.
Leah Illingworth is a content specialist here at Mearto. She loves learning and writing about art and antiques each day in addition to exploring the history and stories behind art movements and objects.