Hello all -
Came across this forum rather by accident while on one of my research tangents. I've adored Nineteenth-Century furniture since my early teens, and have collected quite a bit over the past dozen or so years.
So, I give you, forum members - something to pick your brain with.
I'm a sucker for Renaissance Revival and Eastlake styles, particularly the transitional stuff that kind of has elements of both in it (at least, that's how I view it.) So when, while browsing a friend's antique mall and came across this rocker, I swooned.http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2619/3949781015_01995263e9_b.jpg
I've been friends with the owner of the antique mall, and it was her rocker. I had mentioned in conversation that I liked it, and would come back for it, but later, as we talked about cleaning out a back room in the mall, which previous owners had left in an enormous pile, she said "If you help me, I'll give you that rocker."
So, naturally, I helped her that weekend, and came home with the rocker without investing a thing in it - except for the help for my friend, which I was happy to do, because we're good friends, and it was fun work. So it was a win-win-win situation, I guess.
A few weeks later, I had an "Aha!" moment. I had checked out from the library a facsimile reprint of Asher & Adam's Pictorial Album of American Industry
(1876). The book, for those not familiar with it, was compilation of biographical information on American Manufacturing companies, in commemoration of the American Centennial.
One of the companies profiled in the book, was Hale Kilburn and Company, of Philadelphia - a company which, in 1876, was manufacturing parlor furniture and folding beds. One cut in the company profile, was of this side chair, which bore a striking resemblance to my rocker.http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2460/3950580522_5cb5273f79_b.jpg
Here's a close-up of the back of the rocker for comparison:http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2594/3949798401_d70c6a3c74_b.jpg
So - am I nuts? What do you fine folks think?