Antique oak rocking chair appraisal – whats it worth?

oak pressback rocker

Tamyra asks: What can you tell my about my antique rocking chair?

AW says: That’s an American Victorian era Oak press back rocker with bentwood arms. The term press back refers to the top of the back which was stamped or “pressed with a machine” many folks mistakenly refer to these types of chairs as being carved, but they are not.
Most rockers are unfairly undervalued in my opinion. The reason they are is because they are not popular with dealers due to the difficulty in packing them, and where the dealers tread, the market follows.


Date range: 1870-90

Retail value: $175 -$200
(top price)

Wholesale value: $95
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $45-$65
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common trade terminology: Oak press back rocker, bentwood arms, arrow back rocker, Oak rocking chair.

In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.

Care and storage tips: Old English scratch cover will work miracles on any dark wood that has surface wear. Be sure to use it according to the directions on the bottle.