We recently had this rocking chair come in to our shop for repairs. One of the stretchers had broken which in turn caused the one of the rockers to break off as well. While this kind of thing happens fairly often, and we get broken rocking chairs in all the time, this particular rocker has such interesting styling, that I became very curious about it's origins. Now, you all get to see what information I have found out about this piece.
What really drew me to this rocker originally, was the carving on the back. I had never seen something like it until this Rocking Chair came in. The figure on the back seems to be a Spanish Explorer, and from comparing images, it is most likely Cortez or Ponce de Leon. The seat is also round with little notches carved out giving in a drum like look. In trying to get a better idea of the age of this chair, I found several similar chairs, each with an oval or square carved back and almost all with a round seat and all being given an age at about 1900. This one seems to have the most intricate carving on the spindles, stretchers and legs though. Below are some examples of the other chairs I found.
Pretty neat right? I would love to find more designs from the era, but to be honest, I have to say, the carving on the rocker in our shop is still my favorite.
If anyone can tell me anything about the armor that is demonstrated in the carving on the rocker in our shop, I would love to hear about it! While the helmet looks like Cortez, the square collar is unlike anything I have been able to find thus far.