The Proud Lady and the Dark Horse

Today I offer a juxtaposition of two rocking chairs with quite distinct personalities.

First, there is the Proud Lady, a strong-minded widow that remembers other days.

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Dressed in dark wood and dark blue velvet, she holds her age well. Madam believes in the old, heavy finery and grand, stately carriage, barely betrayed by slightly rickety joints.

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Very important in learning the qualities of a seat is to glance at the construction of the underpinnings. This proud rocking chair bears the scrutiny well – especially the neatly finished upholstery.

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Lastly, a profile of the rockers themselves, very informative of what the rocking experience will be like.

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Next, the Dark Horse. As you may know, that is the term for the horse that comes out of nowhere in the race and suddenly wins. It is a fitting appellation for this rocking chair, for, though it obviously has character and a past, it came to us with no information, no history, no pedigree. And it takes at least a second glance to appreciate its qualities.

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Smooth, flowing lines; a simple shape; unassuming lattice woven back and seat; all plain in itemization, but beautiful in summation. The age is only told by the cautionary ease someone must use if she should choose to sit on it.

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Its underpinnings show the work of care and detail. A lot of work went on, unseen, to bring this filly to the stalls.

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Now, with the profile of the rockers, we see why this dark horse may win. Note the simple yet elegant and shapely curve at the tips – where form and function meet. The gentle curve reverse is a safety catch for the rock-ee, and a touch of beauty that is, alas, missing from the proud marchioness.

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Both rocking chairs are going for “best offer.” Which do you think will win?

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Homestead Steady

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A mental image of the down-home, Roots-with-capital-R, is nothing without the steady back and forth of the matriarchal rocking chair.

This rocker fits perfectly in the scene of homestead life. It is solid, all-wood, with a long, smooth, deep-swaying rock. None of that new-tangled finery here, only a simple twist to show that all form is not for function.

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It has a wide seat, smoothed out in ergonomic nicety so that a cushion is not a necessity for comfort.
Can you see it at your fireside?

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