Q: Years ago I purchased a Shaker-style rocker at a tag sale. There’s a metal plate on it that says “American Chair Mfg. Co., Hallstead, Pa.” and “Made for G.E. Finkel Furn. Co., Sussex, N.J.” The seat appears to have the original metal coils with burlap wrapped around horse hair. Can you give me any information about the maker of this rocking chair?
A: The American Chair Manufacturing Co. was in business from 1892 to 1930. The company was listed in directories in Brandt and Hallstead, Pa. It was known for its Arts and Crafts furniture, which it first made in 1904.