This sweet rocking bench is made of solid tiger maple. It is reminiscent of a mammy bench, which served as both a rocking bench and a child's crib. It has simple, yet beautiful lines. Notice how the hinged front section lifts up and is secured with 2 hooks, located under each arm. This allows a sleepy child to be placed in a crib like setting and rocked. The seat is made of tightly woven rush. The bench is very sturdy. The top back panel has an old stress crack, but it does not affect its structural integrity. It appears at one point that the rockers were adapted to be easily removable. Thereby, it can be used as a seated bench rather than a rocking bench. There are newer bolts securing them to the legs. Notice how the rockers have lost some of their shape due to their extensive use over wooden floors - a true sign of age. What a clever piece of American furniture. 32"h X 49.5"w X 31"d, Condition: Very Good, Circa: 1880.
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