Platform Rocker, 1882-1900

Summary

In 1882, German immigrant and furniture maker George Hunzinger patented a torsion bar system to keep rockers from moving across the floor while the sitter rocked. A major innovation in furniture technology, these platform rockers revolutionized American parlors. Hunzinger's line of rockers were imitated by competitors, but were made using springs and other technologies to avoid infringing on Hunzinger's patent.

In 1882, German immigrant and furniture maker George Hunzinger patented a torsion bar system to keep rockers from moving across the floor while the sitter rocked. A major innovation in furniture technology, these platform rockers revolutionized American parlors. Hunzinger's line of rockers were imitated by competitors, but were made using springs and other technologies to avoid infringing on Hunzinger's patent.

Artifact

Platform rocker

Date Made

1882-1900

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

28.899.157

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Leather

Inscriptions

Label under seat: Harry Dean Company Detroit Special Furniture

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