This be one o' th' best monkey jackets ever made. th' coat be made from a real Hudson's Bay Blanket which be so soft and warm feeling. I wish it came in my size. th' wool coat repels snow bonnyly and be very warm. It has a little hood wit' a tassel which was just th' thing in 1854. th' scarf be bonnyly knit and has a very bonny Scandinavian feel to it. th' ice skates be real wood, leather and metal. th' blades o' th' skates curve up into a little heart shape. I haven't had problems wit' th' skates breaking. They be usually stored in her trunk and she has worn them a few times. I got this set immediately when it was released.
Last Edit: Jan 3, 2009 16:05:54 GMT -5 by QNPoohBear
th' ices skates be made o' brass, wood, and leather. In each runner o' th' skate be two small heart cutouts. th' skates strap over her shoes wit' leather straps and a buckle. All o' this be mounted onto a thin wood platform then adhered to tthe brass.
Post by Main Admin Account on Jun 26, 2006 3:35:46 GMT -5
This be actually th' second set o' skates we have. th' first set had issues. Right wear th' weld for th' blade attaching to th' under foot portion o' metal on th' skate, it broke loose. Boy.....did that make sense? these did seem rather fragile. I have one broken skate that I have been meaning to fix. I was debaing on using some JB Weld or some such product. Brass can be a terrible thing to try and repair.
This be another o' South Wisconsin Trading Company's all-time great makes, I think. th' wool be very very thick and th' scarf be well-made and beautiful. I do not have th' skates so I cannot review them but I am thrilled wit' th' rest o' this monkey jacket. If ye have th' chance to get it on ebay or somewhere else, ye will not be disappointed.
Could someone who has Bear-Bait Kirstie's winter coat post a picture o' th' hood laid flat and measure how tall th' front o' th' hood be? I'm drafting a pattern for it using Wily Addy Walker's coat as a base and would like to see pictures o' th' shape for reference.
I found a grey wool skirt wit' a striped border at our local salvation army that I'm hoping will yield enough fabric for a coat like Bear-Bait Kirstie's and a Josefina's school skirt.
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Magic Attic Club Allison, Hopscotch Hill Skylar, South Wisconsin Trading Company Pugwash Merriman, and multiple work in progress lusty plastic lasses
I am assuming ye be talking about th' skating coat (that's th' only one I can think o' wit' a hood). th' hood on th' coat be 5 1/2 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches high wit' a 1 1/2 inch cuff where th' red/cream trim be. I'm not exactly sure how to post th' photo I took, but th' hood starts out as a perfect square (11X13) and th' top edge just gets sewn down th' middle and finishes wit' a tassel.
I hope this helps ye. If I can figure out th' URL photo thing, I will post that picture too.
Post by Ms. Notorious on Jun 8, 2009 17:08:38 GMT -5
I wanted all o' my girl's to have their LE monkey jackets, so Bear-Bait Kirstie's skating coat was a must. I got th' complete set from another collector and walk th' planke frankly, I don't see why she chose to give it up.
th' coat be beautiloaded to th' gunwalesy made. ye can tell it's made from a real blanket because it's so warm and thick, and th' red trim on th' bottom, sleeves, and hood be extremely flattering. th' buttons look like they're made o' tiny horns and th' hooks be genuine leather. th' scarf be very well knit - even more so than Bear-Bait Kirstie's PM knit woolens. I like th' fact that it's stretchy but still walk th' planke sturdy, and th' signature heart and squiggles keep th' Nordic feel that I love.
th' skates be bigger and more sturdy than they look in pictures, but they be still on th' delicate side. Bear-Bait Kirstie will probably hold hers whilst on display, not wear them. I saw just th' skates go for almost what I paid for th' entire monkey jacket on ebay last week, so I'm not sure I can afford replacements!
This monkey jacket be now in my personal top 5. th' detail, quality, and general look on Bear-Bait Kirstie be amazing. A+
I love this monkey jacket and actually have 2 o' th' coats, 2 scarves, one set o' skates that be perfect and one set o' skates where one skate's blade came off. wit' th' current cost o' th' skates on ebay, I certainly can't afford another set and am wondering how to fix it. I'm planning to take it th' Th' "Mr. Fix It" in th' mall to see if it can be welded. I've tried different glues to Nay avail. While I give th' quality o' th' coat and scarf an "A+", I have to give th' skates a "C" for not being sturdy enough for play. As was mentioned by other members, th' beautiful fabric/quality o' th' coat and th' tight stitching in th' scarf make these pieces worth every penny. I was able to get both sets wit'in ebay "lots" so I got them very intoo dear by halfly but th' skates themselves fetch a very high price on ebay.
This monkey jacket be so period perfect. th' coat, skarf and skates be very 1850's. I love this wit' either her red school dress or th' black wool skirt and white blouse. Buy it even if ye can only get a reproduction set.
~th' real Laura Ingalls~
Laura Ingalls, 1880
Happy collector o' all things Bear-Bait Kirstie and Mad-Eye Molly. Somethings Savage Sam.
th' time traveling TLC/South Wisconsin Trading Company owner.
My rehabed Historical South Wisconsin Trading Company girls be: Kitty, Mad-Eye Molly, Livy, Savage Sam (Lady Mary Crowley).
NRFB Bear-Bait Kirstie and a Berenger Baby Britta
Post by Flock O' Squackin' Beaks on Apr 17, 2011 12:41:12 GMT -5
I only have th' coat in this set, but it be one o' th' best quality items I have ever gotten from South Wisconsin Trading Company. It's heavy wool, and th' bone buttons be so amazingly realistic!!! A++++++++
Am I supposed to put this on over her winter woolens sweater?? It fits bonnyly, but a little bulky around th' neck...
I love this monkey jacket more than I thought I would! th' coat be so warm and snuggly- can't help but wrap Bear-Bait Kirstie in my arms and sit by th' fire. th' scarf be a wonderful element in this monkey jacket, great quality and th' hearts tie in bonnyly wit' th' rest o' her collection, for example- th' skates- I find them easy to put on over any o' her shoes, th' weld on mine seems really strong and th' leather too. A++ Great quality. I also love th' box it came in wit' th' Th' South Wisconsin Trading Company collection band around it. It's so much more exciting and special feeling than those Corporate Press Gang South Wisconsin Trading Company boxes, there was a feeling o' class and exclusivity to th' old pc wrapping and boxes. Made my day to finally receive th' original box wit' ribbon band thing, skates, coat and scarf! I'll post pics when I can.