A look at the aristrocratic upbringing of Penelope Peregrine held few clues to the adventures that would be her destiny, save for her tendency towards tomboyishness, her affinity for birds and her trailblazing bobbed hairdo. Educated in the finest boarding schools Boston had to offer, by the 5th grade she had already trained an owl to bring her dazed field mice, a talent not generally held in much esteem by her fine-bred female peers who would often find them burrowing furtively in their hope chests. Faced with the prospect of several years of finishing school, Penelope decamped to the wilds of Maine and began training her birds in earnest. A Master Falconer before she was 20, only the promise of a European tour could lure her away from her training mews. Accompanied by her prize falcon, Thaumaturge, she embarked on a 2 year tour of the Continent, leaving a trail of paramours as dazed and shell-shocked as field mice in her wake. While her charm, wit and beauty were the talk of Paris, London and Berlin, her strange tendency to attract birds of prey like star-struck suitors did raise a few eyebrows. For the most part, though, it merely added to her intrigue and brought her to the drafty castle of the handsome and eccentric Baron von Eigenbrotler who promised to show her the workings of his strange mechanical birds. His unfortunate and abiding affinity for Schnapps, however, overrode any plans he may have had for the evening and that is how a bored Penelope found herself poking around the turret study of a German spy in the midst of World War I. She secured a copy of the mysterious map and instructions she found there to Thaumaturge’s leg and dispatched him to British Intelligence, bidding him to return to her before dawn. And that is how Penelope launched her career as one of the Allies most valued secret operatives.
Penelope is pictured here in one of her fantastic winged hats preparing Thaumaturge for his departure from Baron von Eigenbrotler’s castle. The Baron’s mechanical owl, Dragoslav looks on from his perch. Original measures 8” x 6” x ¾” and features vintage images and German Dresden trim with metal accents and satin ribbon (view original at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id...).
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