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Pussy Willows Oven Mitt

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Nostalgic imagery of fluffy kittens seeking refuge amidst the catkins of a flowering willow branch adorn a sturdy oven mitt designed to spare hands from the hazards of hot ovens and stovetops. Pussy willow kittens such as these are common characters in antique vintage prints. Charming to be sure, but it begs the question...where did the "pussy willow" get its name?

According to the April 1896 edition of "The Sacred Heart Review", legend has it that in a faraway land, long ago, there was a city of cats. They lived together in harmony until a great flood came and washed the city away. The elder cats made haste to a giant forest in the mountains where they could seek refuge in the tall trees. But the kittens could not keep up, and eventually their little legs grew weary from running through the mire, and so when they came to a row of tall willow trees beside the river, they climbed up and rested themselves in the forks made by the branches next to the tree trunks. The wind whipped the waves against the tree trunks, splashing mud over the poor little kittens clinging to the treetops. So they stayed, day after day, until it finally stopped raining and the sun shone again, drying the mud until it cracked open and the kittens woke up and pushed clear out. The tale ends thus: "If you look at the willow trees and bushes beside the brooks in the month of March, you will find the little brown balls or buds all along the stems. Then you will see the dainty gay, white, and yellow 'pusses' or 'pussy willows' all along the stems with their fur as smooth and as soft as the prettiest kitten you ever saw. A few days later you will see the strings of willow seeds hang down like little kittens' fluffy tails. And so we call the willows "pussy willows" and call the string of seeds "catkins," in memory of the little kittens of the old forgotten city and the way they lived safely through the days of the flood."
  • 10½ x 3¾".
  • Cotton.
  • Imported.
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Style: #25 CL 2530471
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