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C&A Appraisals (Randi), Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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Fontaine bros inc 1920 rocking chair...want to know about

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Fontaine bros inc 1920 rocking chair...want to know about it
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  C&A Appraisals (Randi) replied 6 years ago.
Can you give me a little more information about our rocker, wood type? Any upholstery? General condition? Do you need an insurance replacement (retail) value or a value for resale?

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It has origonal tags on it stating it was made by fontaine bros inc and approved 1920 in garner mass. made of polyurethane foam and colored cotton felt it says....and its that patchwork style clothe. Not sure of wood but has matching footstool that rocks also. It says style # XXXXX and in excelent condition.
Expert:  C&A Appraisals (Randi) replied 6 years ago.
Fontaine Bros. of Gardner, MA have been in business since 1920 (which is what is meant by the date on your tag). They are still in business, phone 1-978-632-1805. From the description your rocking chair and matching stool are probably in Hardrock maple with the original stuffings (which were not used in the 1920s). The style and material you describe were popular in the 1960-1975 era. The plaids and patchwork materials were very popular in that period. You have a very well made rocker and stool that has an insurance replacement of approximately $400-$450 in excellent condition. If you wish to sale it in todays market you would expect to receive from a dealer or at auction 1/3 to 1/4 of the retail value. My very best, Randi

Expert:  C&A Appraisals (Randi) replied 6 years ago.
Just checking back as I have been out for a few days over the 4th to see if you received your answer and are happy with it, my best, Randi