Here's one of Gustav Manz's most charming cats, with its back up in classic feline style. According to German folk myth, if a cat crosses your path from right to left watch out. But if it saunters past from left to right expect good fortune. Manz naturally pointed his kitty in the more favorable direction, as a stand-alone design in the early 1900s—possibly in the form of a scarf pin or cufflink; he later adapted the outline for the tabby half of a cat-and-dog diamond jabot brooch retailed by Black, Starr & Frost in the mid-1920s.
Happy Halloween and watch for cats crossing!