Post by Main Admin Account on May 10, 2006 23:44:53 GMT -5
Kirsten's Night Time Necessities $18 KDA Grade: A
This was one of the first accessories we bought. It has been well loved. Initially we actually had to get shipped 4 sets because they kept arriving broken. The foot warmer is glued and all of it would be in pieces. I later forund out that, that was pretty typical because the glue just didn't hold. Even after having it for awhile the glue bond broke and I had to reassemble the thing and glue it myself.
The set is pretty cute and reminds me of the antiques my mother has in our old home. I too had my own foot warmer. We didn't use it for that but it became a standard to all of my siblings and I to have on in our home for a foot stool. My children use mine now. It used to be, when my grandmother was young, that the girls would carry the warmers to church. They would take some coals from the fire at home inside of it. Then upon entering the church the girls would give half of their coals for the wood stove in the church hall to be shared for heating. The other half they would keep with them and take to their seats. They would then place the foot warmers under their dresses to warm their feet. Because of their long skirts no one would ever see the warmers.
The set starts with her candle and holder that is fully adjustable to three different positions. My daughter sometimes uses the holder as a flower vase. Kids do the cutest stuff!
So the set is pretty cute and comes with an abriged version of the book of fables. It is hard bound with gold lettering. Inside there are some nice line drawing illustrations.
The foot warmer it's self is made of a combination of turned wood spindels and metal with punch front panels. The main frame has a wire handle on it for the girls to carry. Open the small punch front door and inside sits a small metal bowl that the coal would have been held in.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this set as well! My foot warmer came nice and sturdy and I LOVE how authentic it is! There are patterns along the sides which would have been made with a good old nail and hammer.
My favorite part is the candle holder! I was very pleasantly surprised at how it functions! You raise the candle by sliding the little bar up and then locking the rounded knob into one of the slots. The candle does seem very fake, but what do you expect, it IS a toy candle after all.
Oh, and the little stories/fables are very cute as well! If you have the patience to read the tiny writing, you should read them!
Post by QNPoohBear on Jan 16, 2010 21:16:45 GMT -5
This is a detailed historically accurate set. The footwarmer is made from real wood and metal and opens to reveal a removable pan in which to place hot coals. The sides are made from punched tin in circle and heart patterns. This is an identical replica of real footwarmers. The hogscraper candle holder is also made from metal and has two notches to adjust the candle holder as the candle "melts." The candle is a basic plastic cylinder with no detail whatsoever. It is nearly identical to the candles in Kirsten's Holiday Treats. Kirsten's book is a nice hardcover replica of a real 19th century book and features black and white illustrations. Overall, this is one of the best sets in terms of historical accuracy, but it doesn't have much playability.