By Gretchen Sawatzki
The 1800s brought a new wave of industrial inventions that allowed for new types of furniture including rocking and reclining chairs. While most chairs could either rock or recline in the 1800s, this unusual Renaissance Revival style chair from about 1880 both rocks and reclines using an iron yoke and spring coil system.
Most rocking chairs of this era, known as platform rockers, used large springs built into a base for the chair to sway. Reclining chairs like the Morris Chair of the same period used hinges on the seat back and arms to lift and recline. This unusual chair is an imaginative blend of the best ideas for furniture in 1880.
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