Gooseneck Rocking Chairs
Gooseneck rocking chairs are among the most popular types of rocking chairs, with a history stretching back to artisan carpenters in 18th century America.
Rocking chairs emerged during the early 1700s. These early chairs were traditional standing chairs mounted onto curved bases, also known as rockers. By the 1800s, rocking chairs had become a common part of most household's furniture and included chair styles for indoor areas, outdoor porches and gardens.
During the 1700s, it is believed that artisan-al craftspeople created the Gooseneck rocking chair as a comfortable but elegant riff on the rocking chair.
Often featuring durable leather upholstery and brass accents, these chairs became very popular during the 19th century.
By the 1900s, Gooseneck rocking chairs were being made from a number of materials, including mahogany wood, delicate roses and naturally dyed fabrics, and were often carved and decorated.
The chairs' popularity resulted in a flurry of imitation Gooseneck rockers during the 1930s and 1940s.
In addition to rocking chairs, Gooseneck design can also be found on rocking cradles and standing chairs, lamps and clocks and many other types of furniture. Gooseneck rocking chairs are still manufactured today. An antique Gooseneck rocking chair in good condition is considered a collector's item.
Gooseneck rockers feature scrolled arms, each of which will resemble a goose.
Damage and wear should be reflected in any items price.
Research into a specific 18th, 19th or 20th century furniture manufacturers can help collectors to identify genuine items from later reproductions. The design and placement of furniture labels can be a large part of this authentication process, and there are often records of different labels available online or in reference books.
An American Gooseneck rocker brought $200 to Austin Auction Gallery when it was offered in 2013.