Antique platform rocker
An antique platform rocker is a form of rocking chair designed with a solid base. Antique examples are those made more than 100 years ago.
Traditional rocking chairs were often uncomfortable to use on wooden floorboards, and could wear grooves into carpets over periods of time. A New York inventor named George F. Hall devised a new mechanism that woudl allow a chair remain steady at its base, whilst still rocking back and forth. He patented this design in 1888 and assigned half the rights to a colleague Peter Lowentraut. This style of chair is now kinown as a 'Lowentraut rocker'.
Another style of platform rocker was created by the renowned American inventor George Hunzinger, and he patented his own 'duplex spring' design in 1882.
Platform rockers are still produced by manufacturers around the world today, but antique examples are those manufactured during the 19th or early 20th century. For further information on this subjects, please see the following articles: