Post by momof6under8 on Jul 13, 2007 17:15:36 GMT -5
I recently aquired this set in a lot from Craigslist
The set is comeplete.
I think this set is one of my favorites. I have the school supplies for all of the historical dolls and this is the only one that has writing in the book
Felicity's copybook is made from paper that she sewed together. It is partially filled with her handwriting practice and even shows some ink smudges. There are also pictures that she drew of her horse Penny.
Also included in the set is a "sander" (shaker) to shake onto the paper for ink smudges made from nice, heavy metal; a wooden hornbook featuring the alphabet and a prayer; and her ceramic inkwell and real feather quill pen.
I'm another fan of this set. A gentlewoman like Felicity would have practiced her lessons, and it's too bad this set was discontinued.
I love the little details. Felicity uses the hornbook to teach her little sister Nan in her core series, and there is an illustration of the hornbook in her stories as well. How cool that AG made one! I did an AG Club session on hornbooks, and learned that there aren't a lot of colonial era ones that survived to the present day. Usually made of paper, wood, and a thin coating of cow horn to protect the writing, the hornbooks were passed down from child to child in a family, and eventually just wore out. The doll-sized hornbook is very simple, with the classic paddle-shape, made of very thin wood covered with paper, with a clear plastic layer tacked onto the paper that is meant to simulate the cow horn protective layer.
Over time I managed to acquire two inkwells (since Elizabeth needed one, and also, one of mine has a small chip out of it) and the photo below shows their color variation. They each came with very differently sized feathers (only the large one is pictured; the small one is only an inch long!). The heavy metal sander is as bright and shiny as the day it was made, and the copybook has marbled endpapers which were common for the era. Although I didn't think to capture them, the copybook drawings of Penny are just darling - my daughter thought it was a hoot that girls 225+ years ago doodled in their notebooks just like modern girls!