Post by Colonial Rose on Oct 27, 2007 23:04:07 GMT -5
I have the Pre-Mattel version of this so mine didn't come with the inkwell and quill pen. The chair like all of Felicity's furniture is dark wood, it's lightweight, but surprisingly sturdy. Bigfoot crushed the arm on mine and it managed to survive mostly intact, it just has some cracks where he pushed it back together and they are hidden by the writing arm. The writing arm holds her Reading & Writing Lesson (after going back over my pictures I realised that I had leaned the hornbook on the leg of the chair so it won't hold all of it on the writing arm) or Tea Lesson on it nicely. The drawer underneath holds the Reading & Writing Lesson (including the inkwell on mine) in it for convenient storage, but mine sticks a bit when you try to open it. A
I made the felt blotter for the chair to match the one pictured on the 1991 Felicity Learns A Lesson cover out of 1/4 of a sheet of felt from Michaels.
The chair: This is a nice, solid piece of furniture of the same dark wood as Felicity's other pieces. Very period appropriate and straight off the cover of her school story. The arm moves so you can easily get Felicity in and out of it, and she looks nice sitting in it. I do have to disagree with the above poster, though -- I don't see any way to get all of her Reading & Writing Lesson on it at the same time. It holds two pieces plus the sander maximum, not that that's a problem as it would look odd any larger. My only criticism is the drawer, which is just too small to hold the inkwell. It would have been a convenient place to store it. The rest of the Reading & Writing Lesson will fit, however. A
(Excuse Felicity's inappropriate dress. I am way too lazy to change her into something she actually would have worn to lessons for the sake of one picture.)
The inkwell and quill: I have the Mattel version, so my chair came with these. The inkwell is white and blue, which I suppose goes well with the Tea Lesson plate and saucer if you have the whole school set out at the same time. Just a nice little piece of porcelain. The quill was way too small for Felicity, though I expect there's some variance in those. The quill I got with my Reading & Writing Lesson is much larger. A
Pre-Mattel on top, Mattel on bottom.
Pre-Mattel on left, Mattel on right.
The bottoms of both versions have a handwritten Pleasant Company stamp. The Mattel version has a sticker saying it was made in Indonesia, the PM one for Taiwan.
Last Edit: Dec 5, 2007 14:16:48 GMT -5 by Starbuck
I like this chair quite a bit. I got it for only 38 dollars- and free shipping. I had been wanting it for a while. It is great how the arm swings- and also very easy to assemble. The inkwell and quill store easily inside the drawer. The chair is neither bulky nor heavy. And it looks great with modern dolls as well- right now Claire is sitting on it. Overall an A+
This is a must-have piece of furniture. The construction is very high quality and detailed (there's grooving on the seat) the wood is very beautiful. It has ton of play value, as I use it over and over again for other set ups in other historical period. You can't put much in the draw though, including the inkwell.
Here's some photos to show how it looks compared to other furniture and toys.
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 13:12:36 GMT -5 by zeemeems
Can someone tell me what size the peg is that connects the desk to the chair? Mine is missing that essential piece.
It seems to be a metal peg that is inserted into the underside of desk and protrudes about 1/2". Its diameter(1/8"+, approx.) would fit into the metal circular receiver that is in the arm of the chair.