I paid more for this group from my local flea market than any other old glider and chairs. Still it wasn’t near the prices on the web, or our nearest big city, Atlanta.
This glider has been on the front porch for years. This and the new one were made by the same manufacturer but feature different patterns. The gliding devices are identical, and the heaviness of the metal used is greater than other gliders we have here. On the edges of the arms of these gliders the metal has been folded against itself to make them much stronger.
The whole group of four was in such good shape. Lately I have been rising to a new consciousness about these rusty surfaces. Was it only last weekend when we found three chairs in a dumpster?
This chair is finished now, and waiting for clear coat. Did some research yesterday, and am going to put auto body clear coat on this (and all of them, if it works) to preserve the colors and lines. A couple days ago we realized this chair is aluminum, save for the tubing. This is the only aluminum example we have.
Because of my newthink we hauled the group into the greenhouse which is not used for much during the summer. Some of the rust on the back sides of these chairs is deep. That will be scraped off, and the rest preserved.
The support elements for the glider body have been replaced on this one, as the picture reveals. These must be the weak link in this style. Years ago when finding the one now on my front porch (at the “solid waste disposal site” as we call them in South Carolina) of course it was free, but had to pay 25.00 to a local welder to fabricate one gliding element. Still a heck of a deal!