Pair of Onondaga Shops Rockers
The first line of furniture Gustav Stickley’s younger brothers, Leopold and John George produced was named “Onondaga Shops” after the county the business was located in. Leopold actually worked with Gustav Stickley before setting up his own business and factory in Fayetteville, NY and learned much about the business of his older brother’s furniture production.The name was changed sometime between 1905 and 1910 when it was called “L&JG Stickley Handcraft” as well as a decal that loosely resembled the joiners compass mark of Gus’s. From my experience over the last 40 plus years Onondaga Shops period furniture is somewhat rare. It took a while for the collector that owned these to find two that match as good as these do. We helped him with the upholstery over 20 years ago and they still look fine, like an old baseball glove. Both of these rockers have the original finish and are in good condition however could use a coat of wax. They measure 37″ tall x 27 1/2″ wide x aprox 25″ deep. They are catogged as #751 in the Onondaga Shops catalog but have no OS marks. There is a huge question I have with one of these is the Gustav Stickley mark on the back. I have to assume the mark is not original to the chair and not sure when it was put on the rocker.
The price for both is $3250 and would consider selling them separately because I don’t believe they left the Onondaga Shops factory together.