Post by American Girl Rescue on Dec 21, 2007 21:34:46 GMT -5
Writing Desk & Stand - JSF $50 (after the Books & Supplies were discontinued the ledger, quill pen, and inkwell were included with the desk and the price rose to $54)
"Tía Dolores’s elegant writing desk came all the way up the Camino Real, the trail from Mexico City. Designed to be conveniently portable, it’s plain on the outside, pretty on the inside! Set the desk on its wooden stand, lift the lid, and fold down the front flap. Josefina store her books and writing supplies inside. There’s even a secret compartment so you can hide a surprise for Josefina."
I just received this item (one week after it retired) and I absolutely love it! It's so authentically Mexican and very sturdy and well made. The desk itself is black acrylic on the outside and on the fronts of the drawers, but made with wood on the inside and all the drawers and secret compartments.
Josefina's Writing Desk and Stand (size comparison)
The ledger that is included is real leather with a few pages inside that contain the Montoya Family Weavers accounts in both Spanish and English. Also included is the green glass ink well and white feather from the retired Books & Supplies set.
Leather bound Ledger, glass ink well, feather pen
The inside drawers open up to reveal two hidden compartments.
Drawers and hidden compartments
The inside of the lid as well as the front panel of the Writing desk has a laminate of authentic looking Mexican designs.
laminate of (imitation) Mexican wood inlays
The Writing Desk measures 3 3/4" tall x 5" wide x 3 3/4" deep when closed.
The closed up Writing Desk
The solid wooden stand is made with mortise and tenon construction and has a hand-tooled look to the finish.
The Desk Stand without the Desk
The Desk Stand has two 'arms' that pull out of the top bars to support the Writing Desk when the front flap is open for use.
The Desk Stand without the Desk, but with the front supports open
The is a wonderful addition to Josefina's collection and an important part to her story. The quality, durability and play-value is great. Grade A