I love this glider. It works through the use of channels in which the feet move. It is unusual among the gliders that we own. The blanket folded on the glider was started by an unknown person stitching many “tobacco felts” together. Judging by the names of the countries (Persia, Servia) and the flags representing them, these felts came from before and around WWI. They were given as promotions in a pack of cigarettes, and really are flannel rather than felt.
Finding a box of these at an estate sale, with some already put together as quilt tops only, I finished all that I could and made four quilts out of them. Getting really crazy one winter, I stitched lines all over the entire surface of the four quilts, a quarter of an inch apart. This made them into another kind of object; one that is still warm, but very prone to slide off the bed. In this estate sale box were also many tiny oriental rugs that may have been tobacco premiums as well.
We have lots of metal chairs the same age as the gliders. When you see them for sale they almost always come in pairs. They must have been sold as pairs, one as a rocker, and one not. They probably were kept together, so if one survives, often both do. This pair is special because of the bracing on the back.