This rocker-beater loom is one of Elizabeth's most prized looms. These looms are quite unique in that the beater reed's height relative to the warp remains fairly constant throughout its swing rather than following an arc as does an overhead beater or beater pivoted from below. In fact, Phyllis Dean of Ohio extensively studied this type of loom and has written a thesis on the subject. This loom is Number 38 in Phyllis' search and is the western-most one found to date being from Iowa.
This loom was found as a pile of wood in a flea market in Ranger, North Carolina. When it was purchased, it was unknown if all the parts were there and it is still unknown if all the parts are there! Pictured is a close-up of the small 9-inch wide rocker. The little rocker was what Elizabeth spied and immediately recognized as the distinguishing feature of these rare looms.