Antique Rocking Chair Styles
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With its wooden back designed with horizontal slats, the classic ladder-back style rocking chair is one of the most easily recognizable. Shaker rocking chairs, the type made by an ascetic communitarian religious sect, are often made in this style. Shakers made furniture in a simple and functional style, preferring beauty founded on utility.
Windsor rocking chairs were named after Windsor, the English town where they were first crafted in the early 1700s. They were straight Windsor chairs to which rockers had been added. By 1750, Windsor chairs and rockers were being manufactured in America. They were available in many styles and are still popular today.
Generally, rocking chairs were made of either wicker or wood, and in all sizes for the whole family. A child's rocking chair is usually less elaborate, but more creative in shapes and styles. An adult rocking chair is more likely to have complex and ornate designs, drawing inspiration from more classic styles, like the Victorian era.
The Art Deco era gave way to an even more extreme celebration of modern design, typified by the Eames chair. Sleek metal and space-age plastic chairs sold extremely well during this period of time. These styles, as well as many other antique chair designs, are still very popular with vintage furniture collectors.
Antique chairs often contain the key characteristics of various styles and periods of furniture manufacture. Listed below are many types of chairs developed in Europe and the United States over the past 300 years. A good number of those listed and defined below are ancestors of chair styles still being made today.