Post by QNPoohBear on Dec 20, 2006 14:34:19 GMT -5
The tray is real wood painted in Swedish blue and has a woven cloth, just like Mama would have had. The little candle is also wood and not very realistic looking but the heart shaped wooden candle holder is very cute. The Lucia buns are nice, much nicer than mine ever look but not quite the right color and missing the raisins! The FIMO ones a friend made me are much nicer. Grade: A
photo showing AG's Lussikatter (Lucia Bun) on the left. This set is from 1988, I think.
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2007 19:08:26 GMT -5 by QNPoohBear
I bought this set on eBay. I just love it and I was surprised and delighted to see the 1986 sticker on the back of the tray:
This must be one of the original Lucia sets. The tray has the horizontal, slightly heart-shaped handles but they don't have two little holes in them like some do.
The Lucia buns look handmade, like some of the early clay food in the historical girls' lunches, with the odd fingerprint here and there. I think they look more realistic than the later buns which are too symmetrical and really look like plastic.
The candle, candleholder and cloth don't seem to have changed much over the years. Unfortunately, the flower sprig is missing from my set but I think I will make my own. This is a great little set and so important for Kirsten.
Last Edit: Oct 2, 2011 22:53:47 GMT -5 by geneva26
Kirsten gets a tray of St. Lucia buns ready to bring to the family bright and early.
I love this little tray. Mine is the raised handle version. Kirsten can't hold it unless you use clear elastic ties or something, which is a bit of a bummer, but I just display it on her washstand in front of her.
The little candle and heart base is very simple, but cute. The candle is removable from the base, and is very similar to the wooden candles that come with some versions of her St. Lucia wreath. It is painted wood with a red tip.
It has two hard-plastic buns. They look pretty good, but certainly not real.
It has a little sprig of greenery to spruce up the tray that matches her wreath, with a red ribbon and berries.
The tray itself is a lightweight wood, painted blue. It has kind of a rustic look to it, as the paint isn't even or shiny. The cloth is a plain red and white gingham with frayed edges. Mine does not like to lay nicely, but it's very pretty against the blue tray.
All told, the tray is a good play and display piece, but I can't help but feel like it's missing something. A small mug of coffee maybe, like in the book? Secondary market prices are really high on this set for what comes with it, but Kirsten isn't St. Lucia without her tray! I give the set a B. I would look into making a set of your own, which wouldn't be too hard to do, unless you want official AG items only.