|Object ID #||1987.031.001|
|Object Name||Chair, Rocking|
|Lexicon category||2: Building Furnishings|
|Year Range from||1897|
|Year Range to||1920|
|Place of Origin||Unknown|
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.
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|
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|
Kennedy, Robert Pollock (Senior)
Kennedy, Rhoda Jean
Kennedy, Robert Pollock (Junior)
|Function||Intended for a verandah, or for sitting outdoors on one's lawn.|