Antique Rocking Chair | What’s it Worth?

Your family rocking chair—passed down from generation to generation—may be a profitable heirloom. Need help analyzing your antique rocking chair value? Learn more about the most sought-after styles, all while getting a crash course on antique rocking chair identification.

Antique Rocking Chair Value | Period and Style

Factors like time period, style, manufacturer and overall condition all play a role in antique rocking chair value.

Here are some of the most sought-after rocking chair styles from the 1800s and 1900s:

Victorian (1837—1901)

Victorian rocking chairs—like most furniture from this period—are iconic and ornate. Commonalities include decorative curves, exposed wood carving and cushioned seats. Original Victorian furniture was commonly made with walnut, rosewood and mahogany. Victorian rocking chairs are worth $600 to $1,800, depending on the condition and design.

Arts and Crafts (1880’s—1920s)

Featuring wood material, simple design and solid craftsmanship, rocking chairs from this era range in value. A Plail Brothers barrel rocking chair is worth $1,500 to $2,500, while an L & J.G Stickley rocking chair is worth anywhere from $750 to $4,000, depending on the style and manufacturing year. An official antique appraiser can help you determine the value, which largely depends on details such as the manufacturer’s markings.

Rustic/Adirondack (1900—1930)

Rustic rocking chairs—popular in America and Canada–are characterized by their curved backs and arms. Antique Adirondack rocking chairs were made with green branches bent to the desired shape and left to dry. Antique rustic rocking chairs in good condition are worth between $400—$1,600.

Whether you plan on appraising your rocker to sell or just want to know the value for yourself, we recommend storing your rocking chair in a temperature-controlled storage unit.

Your antique rocking chair value might shock you—but family heirlooms can be priceless!

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19 thoughts on “Antique Rocking Chair | What’s it Worth?”

  1. I have an antique folding sewing rocker that I’d like to sell….need to downsize.
    I also have an antique petite rocker that I’ve had myself for over 50+ years and I know this is an antique as well. Both are in excellent condition.
    Please contact me with phone info if you are interested.

  2. I have an old glider chair with a matching table. On bottom it says Pat. Mar. 23 76. I assume 1876. Nothing is broken or cracked. It is missing one bar for across the bottom. What is this worth?

  3. I have a coil rocking chair that has little wheels in front the fabric is red but there is another type of fabric under that .im trying to find out how much and ware i can see it

  4. I have an old rocker completely handmade and pegged. Simple made rocker. Was made by the Shakers when they settled in the Mount Shepherd area of Randolph county in NC. The bottom is cane and the back is slats. This chair is well over 100 years old and in vgc.

  5. We have a 60 year old rocker (which may be Thomasville or Tell City). It has a code 12F on it and a number 6461/2. We are downsizing. Is it valuable?

  6. I have a Oak Antique rocking chair with and attached pull out footstool. I would like to know how much it is worth?

  7. Jack McGraw. I have a Maple Boston Rocking Chair purchase in 1965 and I was trying to sell it and was wondering if it was considered an antique and what would be a fair price.

  8. I have a Wisconsin chair company rocking chair I’d say early 1900s . It was my grandmothers looking in to finding its worth

  9. Ive a rocking chair made in 1892 by the founder of Crain Furnature – my great grandfather and id like to know how much i need to insure it for, ive owned since the year he died, it was his gift to me as his favorite great grandson

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