Details

Title

"Jumbo" Rocker

Artist/Maker

Brumby Chair Co., Marietta, GA, 1875-1944, maker

Date

ca. 1875

Medium

Red oak with caning

Dimensions

47 x 29 x 35 inches

Credit

Gift of The Rocker Shop of Marietta

Accession #

1988.92

On View

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 303

Established in 1875 in nearby Marietta, Brumby Chair Co. is best remembered for its extra-large “Jumbo” Rocker. Made from Appalachian red oak and handwoven cane, a single chair required twelve craftspeople working for five weeks to manufacture. Its balanced design produced a steady swing, while its rattan back and seat kept sitters cool in the heat. Over time, this essential piece of Southern furniture gained a committed group of admirers, from new mothers (“there’s nothing like a Brumby for rocking babies”) to former President Jimmy Carter, who had several installed on the Truman Balcony of the White House.