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Shaker "#8" Production Rocking Chair


The chair is perhaps the most recognizable Shaker object. In the mid-nineteenth century, chair production became an important industry of the Mount Lebanon Shaker community and, in 1872, the South Family built a new chair factory, which facilitated increased production and distribution of what would become the best-known Shaker product. Chairs were offered in a selection of styles and materials, and in eight sizes—0 being the smallest, 7 the largest. ¶ This chair, seemingly stamped “8” on the reverse of the top back slat, is actually a #5 Production Rocking Chair. We opine this happened either very early or very late in the day. Made of maple with a recently replaced cotton tape seat, the chair retains its original South Family chair factory decalcomania stamped in gold leaf on the inside of a rocker blade, certifying the authenticity of the piece as Shaker-made.

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    43.2 x 96.5 x 50.8 cm (17.0 x 38.0 x 20.0 in)

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    NY, USA

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