How to Figure Out if a Rocking Chair Is a Stickley?

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Stickley furniture--made in the workshops of Gustav Stickley--is prized as the best representation of the American Arts and Crafts period of furniture making. Depending on its style and condition, a Stickley rocking chair may be worth several hundred to more than $2,000. They are hard to find.

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  • Strong light
  • Magnifying glass
  • Internet access

Stickley furniture is commonly made of oak and is known for a simple and sturdy construction which characterizes the mission style, according to Peter J. Maloney of the Arts & Crafts Antique Gallery. The pieces have cushions and slender square spindles under the arms.

Almost all Stickley furniture was marked with a brand, decal or paper or metal label, commonly known as a maker's mark or a shopmark. However, such marks may have disappeared through the passage of time. If you find no trace of the shopmark, a Stickley catalogue or a qualified expert may be needed to positively identify the piece.

The website simplymission.com features pictures of original Stickley rockers and other furniture manufactured in 1910.

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  • Beware of many imitations.

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