1857 - 1942

Rocking Chair

Date: ca. 1916

Note the low seat height on this rocking chair. That implies it was made for a woman, or someone whose work required being in reach of supplies on the ground, such as a seamstress. In 1942, Samuel Wagner chairs were valued at less than six dollars apiece. In fact, at the time of his death, all fourteen chairs in his household were said to be worth in total only $9.95. Today, this maker would be surprised at how eagerly collectors seek his work. This chair has the added bonus of a seat of woven white oak splints. It was made by Oliver Day, one of the Valley’s leading basket makers.

Medium: Walnut, Oak

Dimensions: H: 43 x W: 29 1/2 x D: 17 1/2 in.

Place: Maurertown, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.022

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Rocking , Chair , Maurertown

Purchased in 2001.