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Antique Ladder Back Rocker

Unusual Antique Oak Ladder Back Rocking Chair
Located in Suffolk, GB
Unusual antique oak ladder back rocking chair having an attractive ladder back with original rush
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18th Century English Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Oak

Unusual Antique Oak Ladder Back Rocking Chair
Unusual Antique Oak Ladder Back Rocking Chair
H 37.6 in W 19.49 in D 14.77 in
Antique Rocking Chair, Ladder Back Chair, Pine, 19th Century America 1880, H511
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique rocking chair, ladder back chair, pine, 19th century, America 1880, Bcon1, America 1880
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1880s American Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Pine

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Located in GB
We are  delighted to offer for sale this lovely antique Arts & Crafts Victorian metamorphic library steps chair in oak with period upholstered Carpet steps A very charming and hi...
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1880s English Arts and Crafts Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Oak

Heals, Set of Four English Arts & Crafts Oak Arched Top Ladderback Dining Chairs
By Heal's
Located in London, GB
Heals attributed. A set of four English Arts and Crafts oak arched top ladder back dining chairs in the Cotswold style. A good quality set with chunky legs and are all very sturdy...
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1920s English Arts and Crafts Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Oak

"Heron" Rocking Chair and Footrest for Tendo Mokko Japan
By Tendo Mokko
Located in North Hollywood, CA
"Heron" rocking chair and footrest designed by Mitsumasa Sugasawa for Tendo Mokko Japan in laminated bentwood oak with army greenish soft vinyl upholstery. Footrest measures 22.5 wid...
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Oak

19Thc Ladder back Chair With Hand Woven Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19Thc New England ladder back arm chair with hand woven seat.This chair has most unusual cut outs and wonderful aged patina.
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1860s American Adirondack Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Rattan, Wood

Ib Kofod-Larsen Sculptural Rocking Chair for Selig, Denmark, 1960s
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Miami, FL
Rare Mid-Century Danish Modern rocking chair, model 650-15, designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig in Denmark, circa 1960s. This elegant rocker has a walnut-stained beechwood frame wi...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Fabric, Walnut

Paul Tuttle Swiss Rocking chair cowleather steel black wood
By Paul Tuttle
Located in Valladolid, ES
This is a good example of a "Nonna" rocking chair, designed by Paul Tuttle in 1972 for Strässle International, Switzerland. The materials used in this chair are an attractive combina...
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Steel

Classic Windsor Style Rocking Chair
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautifully made Windsor style rocking chair in what looks like maple, having modeled seat and fine spindles on a curved back. The legs are also lovely turned wood and the whole rock...
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1940s American Victorian Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Maple

Classic Windsor Style Rocking Chair
Classic Windsor Style Rocking Chair
H 42 in W 23 in D 26.25 in
1970s Bentwood and Velour Textile No.10 Rocking Chair Attributed Michael Thonet
By Thonet
Located in Madison, WI
Rock star rocker to have if you need to get a rocker. If you have a baby to rock, this is the rocker to have. Currently upholstered in salmon colored velour textile, which is really...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Upholstery, Bentwood

White Stained Beech Rocking Chair by Luigi Grassevig Italy, 1970's
By Luigi Crassevig, Crassevig
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Beautiful 1970's Italian Rocking Chair by Luigi Crassevig for Crassevig Bentwood Beech that has been white stained This chair has been made by steaming Beechwood in these curved s...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Rattan, Beech

Danish Midcentury Upholstered Rocking Chair by Niels Eilersen
By Niels Eilersen
Located in Toronto, ON
Danish midcentury rocking chair by Niels Eilersen, 1960s. It features a beautifully sculpted black lacquered solid beech frame with spindle back, unique leather top straps, new uphol...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Beech

1700's Chippendale Style Country Ladder Ribbon-Back Maple Side Chairs, Pair
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in Louisville, KY
If these two chairs could speak, the history they might share. These rare and very early chairs are hand-carved and constructed in a refined primitive country design, reflective of t...
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Mid-18th Century American Chippendale Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Rush, Wood, Maple

1880s French Wooden Chair
Located in High Point, NC
Step into a bygone era of elegance and charm with our authentic 1880s French Wooden Chair. This exquisite piece of history is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, evident in ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Wood

1880s French Wooden Chair
1880s French Wooden Chair
H 34.3 in W 16.4 in D 14.8 in
Restored Mid-Century Danish Modern Teak Rocker Rocking Chair
By Frank Reenskaug
Located in West Chester, PA
Danish modern solid teak rocker attributed to Frank Reeenskaug. Frame restored with a fresh teak oil finish and new webbing. Seat and back cushions brand new custom made by our exper...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Upholstery, Teak

Antique Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Ladder Back Hip Rail Rocker Rocking Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Arts & Crafts mission oak ladder back hip rail rocking chair. Cane seat, ladder back exposed dowel joinery, solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, very nice antique i...
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20th Century American Arts and Crafts Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Cane, Oak

Set of 4 Italian Rush Seat Chairs in the Style of Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 4 Italian rush seat chairs in the style of Gio Ponti. Sleek and stylish ladder back dining chairs. Newly refinished. Minor imperfections to the wood. New woven rush seats....
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1950s Italian Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Rush, Wood

Vintage Shaker Arts & Crafts Oak Ladderback Side Accent Chair
Located in Dayton, OH
20th century arts & crafts side chair. Made from oak with a serpentine ladder back. Features ripped stiles, spire finials and a slatted seat. Legs are turned with ribbed stretchers.
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Early 20th Century Shaker Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Oak

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Fantastic Early 19thc Ladderback Rocking Chair In Original Paint
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic form and original brown paint with gilded turnings.This 19thc ladder back rocker has a
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19th Century American Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Pine

Early 19th Century South West Ladder High Back Rocking Chair
By Shaker Style
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Early 19th century South West ladder high back rocker chair Great country accent, ladder high back
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Early 1800s American Shaker Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Maple

18thc Original Dark Green Ladder Back Chair From New England
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic 18thc original dark green ladder back rocking chair from New England with woven splint
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18th Century and Earlier American Antique Ladder Back Rocker

18THC NEW ENGLAND LADDER BACK ROCKING CHAIR IN ORIGINAL PAINT
Located in Los Angeles, CA
SEAT.THIS ROCKER IS IN PRISTINE CONDITION.GREAT ADDITION TO ANY COLLECTION.
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18th Century and Earlier American Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Pine

Antique Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Gustav Stickley Child's Rocker, circa 1910
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Big Flats, NY
ladder back, unsigned, c1910 Measures: 23" H x 14" W x 18.5" D; seat 10.5" H.
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Wood, Oak, Leather

Antique Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Gustav Stickley Oak Rocker, Circa 1910
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Big Flats, NY
ladder back and upholstered seat, c1910. Measures- 35''H x 27.25''W x 28.25''D.
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Oak

19thc Original Bittersweet Painted Ladderback Rocking Chair From NE
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful early 19thc original bittersweet ladder back rocking chair from New England in wonderful
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19th Century American Antique Ladder Back Rocker

Pair of Folky Southern 19th Century Old Hickory Porch Rocking Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These handmade folky white painted ladder back rocking chairs have hand woven splint seats. The
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Late 19th Century American Adirondack Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Paint, Wood

19th Century Country Rocking Chair with Old Blue Painted Surface
Located in Essex, MA
three curved ladder back supports, some retaining remnants of old pinstripe painted decoration, flanked
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1880s American Country Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Rush, Wood

Three American Maple Shaker Ladder Back Rocking Chairs from Mt Lebanon New York.
By Mt. Lebanon Shaker Community
Located in London, GB
A rare set of three American Shaker, ladder back rocking chairs. All three came together and are
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1870s American Shaker Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Maple

Antique Arts & Crafts Mission JM Young Oak Rocker Circa 1910
By J. M. Young and Sons
Located in Big Flats, NY
with ladder back over upholstered seat and arms with convex corbels, c1910 Measures- 35''H x 27.5''W x
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Oak

Antique American Victorian Wicker Boardwalk Wheelchair Chair Medical Carriage
Located in Dayton, OH
brought the wheeled cart or wheelbarrow back to Europe in the 12th century. The wheelbarrow could carry
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Ladder Back Rocker

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Wicker, Rattan

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Finding the Right rocking-chairs for You

The phrase “rocking chair” didn’t find its way into the dictionary until the mid-18th century. While most of the sitting furniture that we use in our homes originated in either England or France, the iconic rocking chair is a quintessentially American piece of furniture.

A Philadelphia cabinetmaker’s bill for a proto-rocking chair issued in 1742, which identified the seat as a “Nurse Chair with rockers,” is the earliest surviving evidence of this design’s humble beginnings. The nurse chair was a low side chair intended for nursing women, so giving it a soothing rocking motion made sense. Rocking chairs, which saw a curved slat affixed to the chairs’ feet so that they could be literally rocked, quickly gained popularity across the United States, garnering a reputation as a seat that everyone could love. They offered casual comfort without the expensive fabrics and upholstery that put armchairs out of many families’ budgets.

Rocking chairs are unique in that they don’t just offer a place to rest — they offer an opportunity to reminisce. The presence of one of these classic pieces stirs up our penchant for nostalgia and has the power to transform a space. They easily introduce a simple country feel to the city or bring the peaceful rhythm of a porch swing into a sheltered sunroom. Although craftsmen took to painting and stenciling varieties of the chairs that emerged in New England during the 19th century, the most traditional rocking chairs are generally unadorned seats constructed with time-tested materials like wood and metal. As such, a minimalist vintage rocking chair can be ushered into any corner of your home without significantly disrupting your existing decor scheme or the room’s color palette.

In the decades since the first rocker, top designers have made the piece their own. Viennese chair maker Michael Thonet produced a series of rockers in the middle of the 19th century in which the different curved steam-bent wood parts were integrated into fluid, sinuous wholes. Mid-century modernists Charles and Ray Eames added wooden rockers to their famous plastic shell armchair, while Danish designer Frank Reenskaug opted for teak and polished beech, introducing pops of color with small cushions (a precursor to the bold works that would follow in the 1970s and 1980s).

No matter your personal style, let 1stDibs pair you with your perfect seat. Deck out your porch, patio or parlor — browse the vintage, new and antique rocking chairs in our vast collection today.