How I love this piece, let me count the ways. It is another favorite that gets high marks from me.
It is, as the name indicates, a desk built for two...as long as the two are not wearing poofy petticoats. "Harriet" and Addy are a little squished, but it's not too bad.
Here is an inside view of the desk. Addy has an area under the surface to store her books and supplies. The hinged top flips up for her to store her chalk or slate pencils. Also, note the bottom footrest -- a wonderful design element that keeps dolls in their slippery dresses from sliding under the desk and risking eternal classroom mortification.
Addy is now standing behind her desk, to give you a sense of scale:
This bench is darling. I've seen people use this piece in scenes as a park bench. It is sturdy and pretty.
Another view of bench and desk:
Addy pushed Harriet out and claimed it all for herself. Okay, not really, but she's happy to spread out.
If you can find this piece, get it. Mine is well played-with and has its share of scuffs and dings, but it is so durable and the cosmetic damage in no way detracts from the piece's playablity. An absolute A from me...could be just a smidgen wider for two dolls in Civil War attire.
I love this desk. It does scratch pretty easily, but it makes the piece seem more authentic. The wood has a nice weight to it and so does the metal used in the bench. I was lucky enough to find 2 desks and I am hoping to find 1 more. All I need now is Addy's satchel and supplies.
I absolutely love this desk, as with the other reviews, it is multifunctional, and overall mostly durable. I have not had a problem with dings and marks. And it is great since it can hold two dolls. Would definitely give it an A.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Aug 20, 2012 2:40:00 GMT -5
I love Addy's desk. I think just about every doll I own has tried to sit at it at least once! There are desks just like this in the living history museum here (yay for Pioneer Village!), so I find it extra special. Mine has a few dings, but it gives the piece even more character.
I like this piece. While I don’t have the space to keep it out all of the time, it is very sturdy and I appreciate its versatility.
Here it is in Addy’s schoolroom:
As others have noted, the bench is large enough to sit two dolls side-by-side, as long as they’re not wearing big petticoats and hoops. I appreciate how the bench can work in a variety of settings and eras (it looks just as appropriate on a train platform or in a contemporary garden as it does in Addy’s schoolroom), but depending on the doll and what she is wearing, it can occasionally be a bit slippery for the dolls to stay seated.
The desk has a nice footrest to keep the dolls from slipping, as well as an open storage compartment for books and satchels.
There is also a groove for pencils on top of the desk and a small hinged compartment. The hinged compartment doesn’t seem terribly useful to me but it’s an interesting feature.
Here is a picture with the hinged compartment open. You can see how the compartment is divided in half for the two students (although the two halves don’t open separately). You can also see the shallow groove for pencils or chalk at the very top of the desk, farthest from where students sit.
While this piece is sturdy and functional, it’s not my favorite, I think because of the finish. The wood is smooth and looks like a honey pine finish, which in my opinion just looks a little too modern and too manufactured. Mine was purchased on the secondary market and has many scrapes and nicks, which I don’t mind at all, but I wish it had come with a rougher, more aged oak finish to add to its authenticity.
Overall I still give this piece an A for its durability and playability.