Post by QNPoohBear on Apr 28, 2006 19:56:07 GMT -5
This set is very cute and important for reenacting Felicity Learns a lesson. The tea caddy is lightweight wood to resemble cherry. It has a fake lock to show that tea was expensive and a highly valued possession. The tea cup and saucer are heavy china and beautifully patterened. The cup does not have a handle, showing that in Felicity's day, china came from China and Chinese tea cups do not have handles. The napkin is heavy and waffled and good for sopping up (pretend) tea spills. The spoon is nice, nothing special. A-
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A I was really pleased with these. The cup and saucers are very neatly designed and actually look expensive (which is good, since it was and is.) The queen cake is cute, but could have looked more realistic, the tea caddy is quality. The napkin is nicer than I expected.
Post by agcollector293110 on Jun 21, 2007 22:05:23 GMT -5
I loved this set. It always seemed well made to me and the tea caddy is very sturdy. I agree with shadowrose that the queen cake could look a little more realistic. I also noticed that overtime the spoon DOES tarnish and never looks completely the same (or at least for me) after cleaning it.
Post by American Girl Rescue on Sept 3, 2007 15:13:25 GMT -5
I just received an older (evidently original) version of this set so I put my sets side by side for a comparison. There are differences in them, although both state they are "Pleasant Company"
First is the Queen cake. The older set has actual 'nutmeg' flakes on it and looks very real. The tea caddy is a bit smaller and obviously darker than the newer one. The 'latch' on the dark (older) caddy is larger and the handle is flatter. The tea cup has a smaller base circumference and the plate is a bit rounder, more bowl shaped. The fruit designs are darker on the older set.
newer (but still PC) set on left/ older PC version on right
closer up photo
bottom of plates (right plate says Pleasant Company in an all black rectangle)
Post by QNPoohBear on May 31, 2008 12:55:43 GMT -5
I have a newer PC tea lesson set and have dropped the cup without breaking it and keep it wrapped in the original bubble wrap in Felicity's accessory box part of her (homemade) wardrobe and it hasn't broken yet.
I love this set. I bought two (second one Mattel) so that I could set a table. Wish there was a teapot, creamer, and sugar... I like this set more than the new pink one.
Mine survived my sister and I's childhoods with only the handle broken off the tea caddy. The dishes were actually pretty durable in our opinion. The original tea caddy had a little U-shaped handle that was different from the modern one. (I'd take a photo but the handle fell off years ago). I like the modern caddy's handle more and it seems less likely to break.
The teacups and saucers are so cute and pretty, and the set was really neat that it came with the spoon, napkin, and queen cake. The queen cakes are incredibly detailed and awesome. Wish I had 5-6 more to put in a little basket or something.
Post by rosieangel on Nov 30, 2009 18:40:16 GMT -5
I have the older PC set, according to others' handy side-by-side comparison pictures. It's the first of Felicity's cute little accessory items that I bought. The tea caddy is very cute and made of a dark-finished, sturdy wood, with a tiny brass detail to give the illusion of a keyhole at the front. On top of the caddy is a shapely little handle.
The cup and the plate are adorable! They have what appears to be screen-printed peaches on them and just a bit of gold trim for some shine.
I also like the Queen's Cake a lot. It looks very realistic to me, and has a nice weight to it that a lot of fake food items just don't.
The napkin is made of a thick cotton with a waffle-weave. It looks very absorbent! The spoon is... just a basic spoon, I guess. It's silver and has already tarnished. I'm not going to bother polishing it.
Felicity likes her set a lot, as you can see here!
Here’s everything Felicity needs to practice the proper tea ceremony. Tea leaves were stored in the wooden tea caddy. Felicity’s dark blue teacup and saucer have an elegant fruit pattern on them. There is no handle on the small china teacup, which came from China back then. Put the spoon on the saucer, her cotton napkin in her lap, and pass her a queen cake. Just be sure her loose tooth doesn’t fall out when she takes a bite. How embarrassing!
On a personal note, I am attached to this set because this the first thing I brought as a grownup years after I was denied American Girl as a child. Take that parents!
In the movie, Felicity is a little annoyed that she has to learn how to serve and take tea. However in reality Felicity would had understand from a much early age how important this social ritual is.
The tea caddy is PC wood, light and smooth. It seems study, like it can survive storage and a few falls from the tea table. As mentioned above the caddy would had been locked. Not only because tea was expensive but also shows that the family can afford the cost of such a caddy. The caddy is a nice think but I do believe that it would had been nicer if there was a tea pot.
During Felicity Part II American Girl had a tea caddy with the tea set. Since there is only so much tea one can drink the American Girl version is Felicity's jewelry box (with the cocker poking out). Tea caddy II is slightly larger with smaller gold details.
I really love the tea cup and saucer. They are a lovely shade of blue with a peach and a gold trim. Random historical fact, it was common for people to pour the tea from the cup to the saucer to cool it and drink from the saucer. Felicity might had drunk her tea at home in an informal setting.
With the tea set dishes. Tea Lesson is a lighter porcelain and with enough force can be broken. Aside from the pink color the Tea Set seems more like a toy and the Tea Lesson a reproduction.
The Queen cake is a little...American Girl issue food. It feels rubbery and is tiny. Felicity would had popped this thing in her mouth in one bite, no risk of losing the tooth in biting into the cake. Not much of a lunch but as Miss. Mandlery said "you don't eat because you are hungry."
The napkin is a medium-weight cloth, with a simple weave. It covers Felicity's lap.
I forgot the spoon. It has tarnished with age and it simpler than the spoons with the chocolate set, it lacks the tiny detail that those spoons have. Felicity can hold it.
While the other PC lunch sets get a passing reference in their books, Felicity's actually so an real important part of her education. A young lady had been educated in classics or history but she was not truly an accomplished lady unless she did not serve tea. It is a classic PC way of teaching history to girls without hitting them over the head with it. I think what the set represents is more important than the actual set. After all, what is a tea set without a pot?
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Nine dolls...and a couch. Kirsten is so ashamed of the said couch she can not be seen.