George Hunzinger Lollipop Rocker Ca.1880. Rare Hunzinger Lollipop Oak Rocking Chair. George Hunzinger made furniture in the 1880s and 90s in New York City. His unique style is highly sought after today by prominent furniture enthusiasts.
George Hunzinger was a furniture maker during the later half of the 19th century. He emigrated to the United States in 1855 and began manufacturing furniture in New York City. Like his contemporary furniture makers of the Victorian Age, Hunzinger's pieces are very decorative. What is unique about his furniture is the innovative and distinctive designs he patented.
This rocking chair is an example made by the factory of Hunzinger. George Hunzinger was born in Germany in 1835 to a family that had been cabinetmakers since the 17th century. He emigrated to New York at the age of 20, already trained as a furniture maker; one of many German cabinetmakers, including the Herter Brothers, who came to the United States to flee the political and economic turmoil in Germany after 1848.
Hunzinger and others used innovative techniques to make their furniture pieces, and their work came to be known as "Patent Furniture," after the fact the mechanical fittings and designs were patented to keep competitors from using them on their own pieces. Hunzinger was one of first to utilize the very latest technology for woodworking and was awarded 21 patents between 1860 and 1898 for the various mechanisms used in the design and manufacturing of his furniture. Much of the machinery he used to construct his pieces was also built to his designs. His work was highly popular at the time and was widely copied by other furniture makers during the last quarter of the 19th century.
This rocker is in good solid condition, has been reupholstered at some point, and has a few repairs here and there. Good collectible piece.