how do I know if the antique rocker I bought at an auction is a Thonet? Are there any identifying marks? It looks just like the ones on the thonet site with cloth back and seat.
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I have a bentwood rocker purchased in the early 70s. It has Thonet imprinted on the back (wood burned). Is this a real Thonet?
hello, I too have a Thonet bentwood rocker purchase from early 70's. It is in excellent cond. Do you have any idea where I can find the value? Thanks!
I'm looking for the answers to the below questions.
The burned trade mark is a real Thonet.
i have a rocking chair that looks like a Thonet bentwood rocking chair how can i tell if it is a thonet or not i havent seen any markings to say it is made by him, and if it is not a thonet does it have any value at all.
the early thonet's. burned a trade mark in the front under neith the chair.this practice ended some time in the 1930's. then paper label's were attached.
there are numerous copy's of this chair design.
I purchased a Thonet bentwood Rocking chair in 1970 with the bunedin mark. I was told it was made in the original Thonet molds. I purchased it new in Chicago for 125.00 as I recall.
My husband purchased a Thonet bentwood rocker when we had our first child in 1971. It has the burned 'Thonet' trademark on the frame of the caned back at the bottom. It is still in very good condition after being used to rock all four of my children, and four grandchildren, with another on the way. The rocker was also kept in the living room for years, and was used as seating. The only thing I've had done to it is to have the seat recaned because of a hole (from the kids I'm sure), and that was done several years ago by a reputable upholstery shop. The owner knew the seat (which was all I brought in) was from a Thonet rocker! He knew it wasn't a cheap reproduction. Luckily, he employed a man from Poland who did an absolutely beautiful job of repairing the hole. The price of that repair was roughly the price of the chair when it was new, but was well worth the $125.00. The rocker now presides in our guest room next to the crib. We also live in the Chicago area.
I'd be glad to see a picture of your rocker.
When you find out the value, please let me know.
I also have a Thonet bought in '71 that is in perfect condition.
See this post for more info on how to identify the age of Thonet furniture based on the "Made in..." stamp: http://www.myantiquefurniturecollection.com/identifying-the-age-of-thonet-chairs-and-other-thonet-furniture-414.html
And here's a web page with research on when Thonet's company was producing in each country: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/mass-production-chair-man-1312583.html
Where did you get it repaired in Chicago?
My chair has a patten on and a label saying thounet is it real
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Yes, my bentwood rocker has THONET in capital letters burned into the lower part of the cane back (on the wood of course!). I know how old my chair is as it was purchased by my husband (of over 42 years) in 1971 as a gift for our first child. I have used it for all four of my children, all five of my grandchildren, plus many other family babies over the years. It's in pretty good shape considering how much it has been used. I love it, and will never part with it! My mother won a rocking chair from Marshall Field's in Chicago back in 1946. It was not a Thonet but a beautiful wood rocker. She had to write a letter about how she really needed a rocking chair! My older brother, her second child, was born in 1946, and he now is the proud owner of that rocking chair. Also, we did have a letter from Field's announcing that she was the winner of the rocking chair. I remember seeing it in the 70's, but I don't know what happened to that letter now.
The Thonet mark is burnt into the wood in the rear of the chair just above the seat.
I found this few days ago