Over all, I give this an A+ for size, usefulness and historical accuracy. Great for the child or collector. I have the PC Model of the trunk. Unfortunately, mine was a used piece and it was damaged in transit. I am so happy to have this one though. I got the piece before Kirsten was archieved and the prices went sky high.
Overall the damage was easy to fix with glue. I found the trunk lid is a pine plywood. The rest of the trunk is a fiberboard. The outside and inside is coated in thick paint. The size is great. The trunk is big and roomy. I wanted to get all Kirstens items into a real storage piece, that wasn't a cardboard box. It is a nice piece to add.
The painting technique is called "Rosemalling". It is a Northern European style. The original paint was a 'tempra' (milk and egg yolk) based paint. Originally, many coats were applied to the pine piece. Because the pine is like a sponge it soaked the paint up. The paint went deep into the fibers of the wood. The floral design is typical of the style. There is a stylized nature theme in rosemalling. I took a class in college to perfect the technique. The colors are traditional, earthy tones.
~the real Laura Ingalls~
Laura Ingalls, 1880
Happy collector of all things Kirsten and Molly. Somethings Samantha.
The time traveling TLC/AG owner.
My rehabed Historical AG girls are: Kitty, Molly, Livy, Samantha (Lady Mary Crowley).
NRFB Kirsten and a Berenger Baby Britta