Review: I honestly flipped when I saw this set! The Tine is SOOO cute! The carving details are absolutely precious, it is very well made. I'm not sure if this is actual wood though... it might be plastic that was made to look like wood... none the less... it's adorable! The food set is nice and heavy... not cheaply made. The napkin is thicker material... just love it!
I really like Kirsten's school lunch. My original 1980s tine is made from cheap balsa wood with a wood burned design. The tine looks just like a little souvenir tine my grandparents brought back from Norway and pictures I have seen of them. The biggest drawback to the tine is that is it very fragile. The handle and little tabs broke off. The food is made from clay and is really realistic and is very heavy so Kirsten can't really hold her food very well. I like that they gave her a real harvest meal, very appropriate for the fall and for a pioneer. The napkin that comes with the set is a typical Swedish piece of woven linen. It's a nice weight and can be used to line the tine or use as a placemat or napkin.
Grade: A- for the flimsy tine
Last Edit: Nov 4, 2007 20:48:14 GMT -5 by QNPoohBear
Here's some detailed pictures of our set - it's Mattel from 2005. Some of the food seems a bit off-scale to each other, and the etching on the top of the tine is darker than the sides, but it is a really great set!
Last Edit: Mar 24, 2009 6:24:05 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I have the version of this set from around 1996. It's the older PC version that is very fragile. One corner of the tine broke off, and I wasn't a rough child by any means. It's a wonderful set though, and the food is extremely well crafted, as is the napkin. I absolutely loved this set as a child and still do. The historical accuracy is pretty well done, though I haven't decided about the bread. It seems like a rather large chunk unless it's intended to be only the end piece of a very long piece of bread. That would be accurate. The cheese has always been my favorite part! It's carved to look like it fits inside the doll's mouth just a tiny bit!
Will add pics as soon as I get time to go buy batteries for my camera!
Last Edit: Oct 29, 2009 23:09:33 GMT -5 by Aaryana
Post by Colonial Rose on Oct 21, 2009 16:26:27 GMT -5
This set includes the tine, napkin (earlier sets), a sausage, wedge of cheese, chunk of bread and an apple. I got the original Pleasant Company version of this lunch with the original tine and napkin for poor lunchless Felicity. The tine is thin wood with a pretty woodburn design on it. It seems a bit fragile and is a little tricky to open, but mine is still in one piece after years of use. The napkin is a heavy cream coloured woven material with red and blue stripes and fringed edges, mine occasionally sheds a thread or two but still looks great. The food is very sturdy and well made and fairly realistic looking. You get part of a loaf of bread, a wedge of cheese, a sausage and an apple, all of which can be wrapped in the napkin and tucked inside the tine. A
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Post by hsteinberg on May 15, 2011 16:17:47 GMT -5
We have 3 different versions of the food atm. I wanted to post photos so peole could see the difference. I am not sure of years but I assume the rubbery ones are newer. The only complete set we have is the ones that are harder like clay - similar to the sylvestri ones but they didn't have labels.
rubbery ones on left,sylvestri in middle and clayish ones on right
Sylvestri on left other clay on right rubbery ones on left clay on right
Photo by Bella - Addy in Cape Island with MG crinoline and chemise with Esther in a dress by Bella - 9 years old