Amulet brooch in the shape of a black cat

Amulet brooch in the shape of a black cat (amulet)

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Amulet, brooch, made of metal and in the form of black cat carrying a jewel, supposedly worn by man of Royal West Surrey Regiment dueing the First World War, from the Lovett collection, English, 1914-1918

This black cat amulet was said to have been carried for protection and good luck by a British soldier fighting during the First World War, 1914-1918. It was worn by a man of the Royal West Surrey Regiment of the British Army.

Black cats are considered lucky in England but are thought unlucky elsewhere in Europe. Amulets of all shapes and forms are still considered by some people to provide good luck and protection against illness and danger. The amulet was part of the collection of Edward Lovett (1852-1933), a researcher and collector of folk traditions, and was bought by Henry Wellcome in 1930. It is shown here with two other First World War amulets (A79870 and A79904).


Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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overall: 8 mm x 32 mm x 13 mm, .005kg
Lovett Collection