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Old Deuteronomy Grizzled Tortoise shell calico alley Cat Victorian Hat Pin or scarf pin TAGT

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Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a Cat who has lived many lives in succession.
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
A long while before Queen Victoria's accession.
Old Deuteronomy's buried nine wives
And more--I am tempted to say, ninety-nine;
And his numerous progeny prospers and thrives
And the village is proud of him in his decline...
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!"
--T.S. Elliot

Old Deuteronomy: "With cats, some say one rule is true: don't speak 'til you are spoken to. Myself, I do not hold with that. I say you should address a cat, but always keep in mind that he resents familiarity. You bow, and taking off your hat, address him in this form: O, Cat!"

You've all seen one and perhaps you've owned one--that grizzled mongrel of a cat who prowls about as if he owns the place. And maybe he does!

A whimsical alley-cat variety feline is the source of inspiration for this Victorian hat pin.

A tortoise shell swirled glass bead and black ceramic head make up old Deuteronomy's countenance, but his owners make him wear a silly Swarovski collar. It's the bane of his existence and much like putting the sublime with the ridiculous!

Old Deuteronomy measures nearly two inches in length and is 3/4 of an inch in length. He is accented with his champagne colored sparkly collar, and some filigree bead caps and a chocolate brown Swarovski gem. He is situated on an 8 inch silver hat pin with clutch.

This would be a fun gift for an admirer of felines, or like me, the crazy country cat lady. Equally whimsical in a collection or in a pot of herbs (catnip?) as an unexpected pleasure.

The old Deuternomy pin comes packaged on a lovely floral card as shown in frame 5, perfect for gift-giving.

Thanks for stopping in!

The Gaffney Girl

Old Deuteronomy Grizzled Tortoise shell calico alley Cat Victorian Hat Pin or scarf pin TAGT


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: glass catbead, swirled glass bead, filigree, Swarovski rondelle, Swarovski gem, silver hat pin and clutch
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