This was a beautiful antique walnut rocking chair, done in the Eastlake style, but with some Victorian details. I especially like the fine reeded rails.
The fabric on the chair was worn, and the seat was starting to come apart, but the client wanted to keep the chair looking as close as possible to the same as what she had. I think we were able to find a very good match to her old fabric, and the finished chair looks great.
Before: (note that the platform had already been removed at this point)
While taking the chair apart, we found this:
The general style and quality seemed to say “Made in Europe” but the above photo confirmed this quite clearly.
The seat had been “repaired” or reinforced with an additional layer of later burlap.
Under this was the original edge roll, and the original (wonderfully striped) burlap.
Springs and the very tired/stretched webbing.
And the finished chair. The fabric isn’t the same as the original, but it’s the same colours, with similar florals.