Published at Friday, 12 July 2019. Rocking Chair. By Margaux Magnin.
The origin of the rocking chair is unknown but the first ones we do know of originated in England in the early 1700's and were made near Windsor Castle in Berkshire (which lies about a 20 minute drive away from Heathrow Airport) hence the name 'Windsor Rocker'. In all probability it came about through watching the therapeutic effect of gently rocking a baby in it's cradle, so why not do the same for adults? England was not the only country to have the rocker at that time, Sweden had another form around 1740 called the 'Gungstol', which just means rocking chair. These originally had 6 legs and were traditionally painted black with gold outlines. A four legged version became popular in the 1800's
At some point in history rocking chairs arrived in the USA. It would be convenient to link their arrival with that of the 'Mayflower' but they were not heard of until about a hundred years after the pilgrims arrival and it wasn't until the 1800's that American furniture manufacturers saw any merit in their production. When they did, the Salem, Boston and American Windsor rocking chairs were born. These were all popular and were used mostly for sitting in the garden or relaxing on the porch.
There are traditionally shaped children's rocking chairs in every theme you could think of. From pirate themes to fire trucks, princess themes (with cushions and lacy skirting) to tea parties, there's nothing your child can dream up that you can't find. A rocking chair with your child's favorite theme will increase the joy that he or she will get out this comfortable classic. It could be a favorite story time seat, or a place for watching birds and animals through the window. In a child size rocking chair, children can enjoy time with their families.
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