Mine is a hinged version. Since even grown-ups and older kids manage to slam their fingers in things, the non-safety hinges were undeniably skirting the edges of safety no matter how historically accurate. I don't know if child safety was a significant impetus for change but with that issue in mind, I was not surprised to see the trunk redesigned without the hinges. I think it was a smart move for AG to make. Any version of this trunk gets a resounding A from me as an adult collector. If I was buying for a child, I don't think I would give the hinged trunk more than a B for practicality because of the safety issues.
Josefina's trunk is a beautiful piece of furniture. Carving is on the front and two sides but the back is plain with only The American Girl Collection metal plate (black in my version). The trunk is very spacious inside, and if the cat would move out of the way, I'd soon fill it with my complete Josefina accessory and clothing collection (desk fits, other pieces of furniture do not).
As other reviewers have mentioned, the trunk is very light-weight and has cut-outs on the side for easy portability.
Truly a wonderful piece! It's practical for storage, but will also look lovely as a stand-alone piece of furniture once I move it into another room.
Close-up of carving:
Tray on the top which lifts out (ignore grumpy cat and plastic bus):
Inside with tray removed:
People dither over buying this piece and I can't imagine why that is. I mean, either you like it or you don't, can make room for it/use it or not, and think the price is worth it or isn't. It's a truly unique piece of furniture and you'll not find the link anywhere other than from AG.