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It has been a while since we had any really great additions to our "breed" cats but suddenly three new ones have appeared and they are wonderful. The fourth box is not strictly a cat box but it looked well with this group and it does have a cat on it.

O. Jonesy, The Maine Coon Cat Box. This is the first of this breed we have ever seen in Limoges. And it is a beauty! The Main Coon is a large cat with a very full, long haired coat and a long tail with flowing fur. It is a very expressive tail and they use it freely to communicate their feelings.They range in size to 22 pounds, quite large for a cat. My cat, for instance, is only 8 pounds which is a bit on the small side, but just imagine a cat nearly three times that size. I believe that they are the largest domesticated breed of cat we have. They are extremely intelligent and quite social. They have a most unusual way of greeting their owners or those with whom they are very familiar, a chirping, happy kind of trill, a sound that no other breed has in their vocabulary.The breed comes in a variety of colors and markings and in self colors as well. They hail from the State of Maine but it isn't known where they came from originally. It is thought likely that the first ones arrived here with early settlers in the late 1700's. Retail:About $169.90. Our price: 152.90. NEW

Of Interest: The first cat show of any note in the United States was held at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1895. The Champion was a Maine Coon.

P.  The Cat and Mouse Game Box.  This is Gracie, a kitty that belongs to a dear friend, who is just discovering a mouse for the very first time.  She obviously doesn’t know that a mouse is her natural prey.  Actually, I have discovered that cats chase mice because the mice run.  I watched my Chauncey with squirrels for years and she would have given anything to be able to chase them.  She didn’t hate them --she watched them for hours and had lots of fun doing it. It was that they were little and moved rapidly and they were like mechanical toys for her.  And that’s how a cat sees a mouse as well.  Inside, a butterfly, painted in gold. The clasp is unimportant to the box.  Our price: $184.90.

Q. The Garden Swing Box and/or Ponce de Leon and the Baltimore Oriole Box.  Off in a far corner of the yard we recently had to remove a couple of trees.  Rather than just removing them the gardener cut them down leaving just enough trunk from each to provide a spot for a swing to go in.  It's an idyllic spot to just sit and relax and enjoy looking at the fruits of our labors. The neighbor’s cat, Ponce de Léon loves it as well. At this moment in time a Baltimore Oriole is enjoying the swing -- but not for much longer if Ponce pounces.   The swing actually moves.  Inside a group of colorful wildflowers and the clasp is a bird in flight.  Retail:  About $271.00.  Our price: $243.90.

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R. Elayne's Cat Box. And hereby hangs a tail..Many years ago I was in a very fine decorating shop and found a piece of Meissen Biscuit porcelain, the most famous of German porcelains and the equal of Limoges, that was a wicker chair with a young girl kneeling on it. She had a cat on her shoulder and there was another at the base of the chair and she was dangling a piece of yarn and playing with them. I fell in love with it on the spot -- after all, two of my very favorite things, cats and biscuit porcelain, and of course, I purchased it. I have had it ever since and it is one of my very favorite pieces. A year ago I sent digital photographs of it to Mrs. Davidson, the owner of Chamart, and asked if they could do a version of this for a box? There was a resounding YES! and this is it. They have added color to it because it really is so tiny that it would be overlooked in white and there is only one cat instead of two because there was no way they could make a cat small enough to go on her shoulder but if you look at the photograph of the original piece, you will see a clear resemblance in the two pieces. Isn't this a charmer? Our price: $209.90. NEW

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S. A Pair of Tuxedo Cats on a Formal Chair Box. These are called Tuxedo's for obvious reasons. They are working on making them a separate breed but it hasn't happened yet. Black and whites are my own most favorites! Did you ever notice how much trouble two cats in the same household can get into? And the problem is you never know which one to scold. They seem to incite each other, sometimes to riot! The picture really speaks for itself. The chair has a needlepoint or tapestry covering with a lovely French style floral and these two rascals are going to leave cat hair all over it. A familiar problem to cat lovers. Inside, a detail from the floral and the clasp is a French bow. Retail: About $183.00. Our price: $165.90. NEW

Of interest: It is a scientifically proven fact that bi-color cats have white as the dominant gene and the secondary color, no matter how dominant seeming, is actually just patches of color on a white cat. When I first read that in my Cat Encyclopedia I thought I had misunderstood it but I hadn't. It is correct. So black and whites are really black on whites.

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