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Rocking chair

Object number



Maker, attributed to Thomas Taylor, 1772–1857


39 7/8 × 21 3/4 × 25 1/8 in. (101.28 × 55.25 × 63.82 cm)



Current location

Historic New England (, formerly Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities


Made in Warwick, Rhode Island
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Maple (arms, crest, spindles, stiles, lower back rail, front stretcher, proper-left upper stretcher, and front and proper-left seat rails); oak (rockers, arms supports, lower side stretchers, proper-right upper stretcher, and rear stretcher); ring porous wood (?) (rear and proper-right seat rails)






Thomas Taylor (1772-1857), Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to his granddaughter Mrs. William Anderson Dana Litchfield (née Sarah Taylor, 1830–1902) Warwick, then Providence, and later Barrington, Rhode Island; by descent to her granddaughter Mrs. Alfred W. Fletcher (née Ethel Colley, 1885–1980), Providence and later Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her son Donald B. Fletcher (1912–1999), Newport and later Portsmouth, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Ruth Button Fletcher (1917-2011), Newport, then Portsmouth, then Tiverton, and later Middletown, Rhode Island; by descent to Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, Marlborough, Massachusetts; gift to Historic New England, Boston, 2012

Associated names

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg


Into the bottom of the slightly incurvate, twice-arched crest rail are doweled two slightly serpentine stiles and six more aggressively serpentine spindles. The stiles are continuous with straight turned legs below. The spindles are doweled into a lower back rail which is in turn tenoned into the stiles. Serpentine arms are doweled into the stiles and supported by turned supports doweled into the rush-covered side rails and the upper side stretchers. Incised rings indicate the layout of dowels. Set into grooves in the bottom of the turned legs and secured with wood pins are two rockers. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photos provided by Cherry Fletchers Bamberg


The chair retains traces of what may be original black paint.


Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, "A Line of Descent from Ambrose Taylor, Chairmaker of Apponaug," Rhode Island Roots 39, no. 3 (September 2013): 119.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 366n1.