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Object ID # 1987.031.001
Object Name Chair, Rocking
Title Verandah Rocker
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date Early 20th-century
Year Range from 1897
Year Range to 1920
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Wickerwork rocking chair. The chair is currently painted a dark brown colour (not the original finish). The seat is made of woven wicker or reed, which is stretched over wooden stretchers and recessed for the sitter. There is a rolled front edge. The rockers are wooden, with downturned, shaped ends. The legs above the rockers are turned. There are four stretchers supporting them. The arms are flat, cut-out wooden pieces with rounded edges.
Provenance Belonged to Robert Pollock Kennedy Senior (b. 1854-d. 1939) who lived in Owen Sound for most of his life, and was a son of William Kennedy Sr. and Agnes (Stark) Kennedy, who settled at Owen Sound in the 1850s. Subsequently belonged to his son Robert Pollock Kennedy Jr. (aka Paul Kennedy) and his wife Rhoda Kennedy (nee Ross), and then by their daughter, Rosemary Kennedy.

The chair's styling suggests that it likely comes from the 1900-1920 era, but it may be older. It is not known where it was manufactured. In the 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue, there were "Lawn Rockers" (also called "Verandah Rockers") illustrated. They were made with reed seats and backs.

Collection Furniture, 20th-c Collection
Material Wicker/Wood/Paint
Dimensions H-115 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kennedy, Robert Pollock (Senior)
Kennedy, Rhoda Jean
Kennedy, Robert Pollock (Junior)
Subjects Rocking chairs
Function Intended for a verandah, or for sitting outdoors on one's lawn.