Enlarge Text

Q: I have an 1800s sewing rocker I would like to know more about. Is it valuable?

A: Your rocking chair is not a sewing rocker. A sewing rocker doesn't have arms, making it easier for someone to use when sewing or knitting. If the leather insert in the seat covers a hole, your rocking chair was probably originally a potty chair with a removable pot underneath. These were popular until around 1900, when flush toilets became common and many old potty chairs were altered to be used as regular chairs.


rocking chair















#8 Rocking Chairclkupp 2011-02-10 11:23
I have an EXACT duplicate to the one pictured. It was never a potty chair. It had the pressed paper seat. I never heard of a rocking chair being used as a potty chair, just straight chairs. Also, if it were a potty chair, there would be runners or atleast nail holes where the runners were that held the pot. You did not give any response to age or value.
#7 gapeach1117 2011-02-10 08:43
I have a chair very similar to this that was passed down from my grandmother. On mine, the rockers were added later. The wood that the rockers are made of is different from the rest fo the chair.
#6 Rocking Chairkvesall 2011-02-10 07:19
I have a chair like this handed down from my husband's grandmother and would like to know it's value.
#5 rocking chair or Potty chair ?larjean 2011-02-10 07:05
I have the rocking chair excatly like this picture in excellent condition. Is it potty chair? What is value for this chair? Wht year?
#4 rocking chairlorettabrill 2011-02-09 16:10
I really beg to differ with you on your discripsion of this chair....Ive been aroud a lot of those chairs and not one was made for that....The ring under the cardboard would of been finished and they where not.....way to ruff to be used for a potty.....
#3 CELLULOID DOLLSnan99 2011-02-09 15:44
#2 Rocking Chair/Potty ChairJKeiper 2011-02-09 14:54
I have seen many potty chairs in my life but never one with rockers! I just cannot imagine rocking while using the potty!!
#1 Potty Chair or Sewing Chair?KickingSand 2011-02-09 14:53
Are you sure about this Rocker? I can't imagine a "rocking" potty chair with a bowl/bucket under it. Seems it would be difficult to use. Also, I have this exact same chair. The hole is much to large. Most people would fall through. It may not be a sewing rocker, but are you sure about it being a potty chair?

Login to leave a comment.

Join The Discussion

Kovels.com is pleased to share your comments. Your postings may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in our print publications. We encourage a variety of opinions, but ask that you refrain from profanity and hate speech. To post comments, you must be a registered user of Kovels.com. Please remember that your username will appear with any comments you post.

Get The Latest Collecting News Every Week for FREE!

Enter your email below to receive Kovels Komments for the latest antiques & collectibles news, answers to readers questions, marks and tips. In your inbox every Wednesday.

You can unsubscribe at any time. Please refer to our Privacy Policy or Contact us for more information.
Kovels Premium