Antique stores are a good place to find furniture to refinish, but expect to pay for these pieces.
If you're interested in antiques, recent or old, research before you buy anything.
In the 1928 book The Rocking Chair An American Institution the authors, Walter A. Fraser, not only give America credit for the rocking chair, they specifically assign its invention to Benjamin Franklin.
Old Ben invented a lot of things like bifocal glasses and the electric kite but there is very strong evidence, at least today over eighty years after the book was published, that he did not invent the rocking chair not did any other American.
Old Windsor rockers were made of a variety of woods, often in the same chair. Windsor rockers with clear finishes were very rare. An old Windsor rocking chair will show the signs of use that come with age.
If the chair has a clear or waxed finish, it may either be new or has been stripped and refinished.
Real antiques and many reproductions are extremely valuable, but there are also many imitations.
If you aren't sure an antique is really antique, pay for an expert opinion.
Mother Ann Lee, the movement's founder, advocated that a piece be made "plain and simple ...
At its height, the Shaker movement included some 6,000 members, living in 19 villages stretching from Maine to Indiana.
As they began making furniture (first for their own use, later for sale), Shaker craftsmen principally followed contemporary Federalist styles, like those of Hepplewhite and Sheraton, with their ideals of symmetry, proportion and balance.
Check the designs below to find the best rocking chair for your home.
With a antique rocking chair you're sure to achieve a relaxed state of mind in no time.