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Gallery 10
Not Maneki Nekos:  Other Kinds of Lucky Cats:
[Note:  Please click on the small pictures below to see larger images.]  [mix07a]


Yes, More Lucky Cats!  Of course!  Not only from Japan, but from other cat-loving countries around the in the world.  You can find Lucky Cats all over.  Some beckoning and some not. 

          

An American Money Kat -- He's holding a Lincoln head penny (1957D).  There's no marks, however, so I can't say for sure where he comes from.  Anyway, he's 7" (18cm) tall, a bank w/o a hole to get the money out, made of glazed ceramic.

Two Chinese Money Kats -- Carrying gold coins with square holes inside.  Also there are gold ingots scattered around their feet.  Made of molded painted & glittered super-plastic, length 3" (7.5cm), bought new via eBay.


The felines below represent the Chinese Zodiac's Year of the Tiger.  (My birth-year, of course..)  If you were born during any of the following periods, you too are Year of the Tiger:

8 Feb 1902 - 28 Jan 1903; 26 Jan 1914 - 13 Feb 1915; 13 Feb 1926 - 1 Feb 1927; 31 Jan 1938 - 18 Feb 1939; 17 Feb 1950 - 5 Feb 1951; 5 Feb 1962 - 24 Jan 1963; 23 Jan 1974 - 10 Feb 1975; 9 Feb 1986 - 28 Jan 1987; 28 Jan 1998 - 15 Feb 1999.

This brass Lucky Tiger is made of brass and comes in a transparent plastic shell that allows you to wear him as a talisman.  He's 2 1/2" long and is considered very powerful in the land he comes from.

A Lucky Money Tiger on a pile of gold coins & ingots.  Made of molded & painted super-plastic resin; approx 5" (12.5 cm) tall & 7.5" (19 cm) wide; with an oval gold-colored sticker underneath saying, "Made In China".  New from Chou's, Memphis.

 

 

A Large Lucky Tiger carrying an imitation gold coin (with a square hole) in his mouth.  Painted ceramic with genuine plastic whiskers; approx 6" (15 cm) tall & 17.5" (43 cm) long; with a white paper price sticker & an embedded rectangle containing some hard-to-make-out-characters underneath.  My souvenir from Chinatown in Victoria, B.C., Canada, 2005.

           

A handcrafted Lucky Tiger ("hariko no tora") bobble-head toy made of brightly painted papier-mache.  Height 4.7" (12cm); length 6.4" (16.5cm).  Made by the Ichiroemon family and purchased in their shop, Ichironsan, located along Japan's Tokaido Highway.  From Japanese eBayer Kurt via 2008 auction.


English Lucky Black Cats --

Solid black cats were once considered very lucky in England.  However, they didn't beckon as their Asian cousins did.  Often associated with other good-luck charms, such as horseshoes, thimbles, gold rings, 4-leafed clovers, a "pully" bone, an elephant, a coin, white heather, & even an old shoe, all they really had to do was be in the right place at the right time and -- black.

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[1]  "The Lucky Black Cat", by Louis Wain.  Original painting transferred to 3" (7.5cm) tall plastic with magnetic back refrigerator magnet.  (You can't talk about English cats without including Louis Wain.)

[2]  Two Lucky Cats from Whitby, England.  (Thanks again, Roz!)  The first a 4 3/16" x 5 7/8" (10.5x15cm) postcard, #W007143L, "Good Luck From Whitby: The Abbey / The River Esk / The Harbour & Piers / The Harbour", published by E.T.W. Dennis & Sons Ltd. 

[3]  A little Black Cat figurine with goo-goo-googly eyes and "WHITBY" painted in gold.  Molded plastic, 2.25" (5.5cm) tall, with "(c) EPL" engraved underneath.

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[4]  Studying up to be a good luck kitten.  Made in China, height 3 1/8" (8cm), appears to be ceramic, and has "CA05091 Kitten Tales (Country Artists) Good Luck" printed underneath.  Bought new from the Smoky Mountains Cat House in Pigeon Forge, TN, 2008.

[5]  This is a souvenir Lucky Black Cat from Tenby, England.  He has great eyes -- two lime-green rhinestones.  On the top of his green base is molded "LUCKY CAT".  He's about 3.5" (9cm) tall, painted plaster, & dated "1985" in ink on his bottom.  From my English friend Roz.

[6]  The old-fashioned looking plaque above features two black cats and says "Here's GOOD LUCK to YOU!"  "May Fortune favour you all your days, Health and Gladness be yours always!"  5 1/8" x 8 3/16" (13x20cm), cardboard with string hanger, very British.


The following items are English Lucky Black Cat postcards, sent to me by my English friend Roz.  (Hi, Roz!)  The first card was purchased at an English antiques flea market in March of 2002; the rest via Ebay-UK auctions in and around December, 2001.

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A "Rotary Photo" card, published by Rotary Photo, Drayton, Midd/sx.  A black kitty ("To bring You Good Luck"), verse w/ flowers ("A Happy Birthday to You, Auntie."), & an English country view, complete w/ sheep.  Hand-colored.

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A "Rotary Photo" Rajar Bromide card - published in London, E.C.  A color photo card w/ horseshoes embossed at the corners of the white border.

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A "Mascot Card" - published by H. Vertigen & Co., Ltd., London, E.C.  An interesting design, as the cat's body is made of black felt.  Postmarked 1910.

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A "Best Of All Series" card, published by J. B. White, Ltd., Dundee.  "A spot of luck may mean a lot, so I'm hanging on to what I've got."

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A "Seaside Comic" #2697 - published by Bamforth & Co., Ltd., Holmfirth (England) & New York.  Postmarked 1930.  "Just a spot of Good Luck From Blackpool."

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A "Real Photograph" card - published by W. & K. - "British Manufacture".  Love those green eyes!  A photo made into a postcard with four-leafed clovers embossed around the border.  "A Black Cat for Luck"

Real-Live American Lucky Cats --

Sometimes I'm asked about my real cats.  Well, here are some of them ...

China! China! China! (2003 --) is a small calico cat who doesn't know she's small.  She does whatever she pleases, wherever & whenever.  She likes for me to climb up onto the commode to pet her at the top of our bathroom cabinet, from whence she likes to bungee jump, with a little help from yours truly.  Born w/ a hole in the roof of her mouth, she's had sinus infections all her life.

Daisy-Doodles (2001 --).  We're not sure just what kind of cat Daisy is.  Some sort of mix between brown tabby & Persian, I'd guess.  I call her a muted tricolor and I think she has the aire of the Faere.  Daisy came to us so depressed that she had quit eating.  We had to install a feeding tube to keep her alive.  Cats do have feelings & they sometimes give up if they don't get the love & attention they need.  Well she's got it now!  My Numero Uno!

Foxy, aka Mr. Fox, aka The Red Rocker (2004 --):  Foxy's a big, fluffy orange tabby who's not only beautiful to look at; but to be with.  He's high-spirited, funny, & into everything.  A real sweety-pie.  He was born without eyes, but he doesn't know it, so he does just fine.  Blind cats make excellent indoor pets!

Lily (2000 --) is my teddy bear lap cat.  She lays across me while I watch TV & also while I take a bath.  A cold, wet stray, sharing food w/ our raccoons each night, she finally told me that she'd rather live indoors, where the cuisine is of a slightly higher quality.  She still enjoys sharing food, except that now it's whatever I happen to be eating.

Mimi, aka Screamin' Mimi (1997 --).  Mimi seems to be a Siamese living in a black cat's body.  Once feral, she loves us peoples; but is not fond of other cats.  She scrunches up between our pillows & pitches a fit whenever another cat comes near.  Like Little Bunny Foo-Foo, she loves to bop'em on the head!

Mousie, aka The Gray Mouser, aka Moose-Mouse, aka Da Moush of da Housh (2001 --) is a "real" cat.  She has the moves & can stalk the stalk.  She used to sneak outside a lot, til I saw her sail past the window one day.  She'd been climbing from a closet up into our attic & then jumping out a vent all the way to the ground!  Whoosh!

Neko, aka Neeky-Neeko (1998 --).  I think that Neko is the prettiest cat we have.  However, I'm reminded of the old line, "When she's good, she's very, very, good.  But when she's bad, she's awful!"  Nobody messes with Neko!  Back when she was a kitten, she was rescued from some truly evil children by Barbara, our police-lady friend.  We fell in love with her immediately.  (Neko, not Barbara.)

Pepe, aka Pepperoni, is our current "King of the Cats" (2002 --).  He's a big, muscular, sleek black cat who seems to carry a bit of the jungle around with him.  Though he prefers the company of my wife, he's usually willing to say "Hi!" to me by pressing his big ol' wet nose against mine.  "Long Live King Pepe!"

Wally (2008 --).  Wally was born without normal eyes, but he's all over the place.  You couldn't wish for a sweeter pet.  Just one of our many black cats, who all seem to be healthy, smart, & affectionate - And each with a unique personality.  I really like black cats!

Weezul, aka Weezie (1992 - 2005).  My best-beloved ...  I miss you, sweetie ...  (She helped me build this site and it's dedicated to her ...)


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