Small Rocker (no. 2609)



Small Rocker (no. 2609)


United Crafts


1901-02 (ca.)


29 x 17 ⅜ x 24 inches


Ash, modern upholstery

Object No.


Credit line

Gift of Gregg and Monique Seibert


One of six rocking chairs that Stickley offered in his 1901 Retail Plates, this form is so closely related to Rocker (no. 2627) that it is often mistakenly cataloged as such(fig.2). Although both chairs reference the Gothic arch in their respective backs, the treatment here is slightly different as the central group of three slats feature curved members–rather than straight ones–at the outside edges. As a result, the splat forms two narrow pointed arches as opposed to a singular one.

Curiously, the 1901 Retail Plates illustrate this model with a braided rush seat and unlike virtually all of the other models, provides no additional seating options. Presumably, a roan skin seat was an option on this rocker, as Stickley's customers frequently customized their orders, a fact notated throughout the sales ledgers and factory inventories.

Associated names

Gustav Stickley


Purchased, en suite, by an undisclosed buyer, ca. 1901, then by descent. Dalton’s American Decorative Arts and Antiques (September 2001). Cathers and Dembrosky (by 2002). Gregg and Monique Seibert (2002).