|Reindeer at the California Academy of Sciences/Photo courtesy of Janet Rudolph|
|Don Pottery Reindeer Pattern, 4.5 inch plate, ca. 1820|
The reindeer in the plate, however, didn't look the same as the reindeer at the Academy. The horns were quite different. I did a bit of googling and found the Norwegian reindeer with velvet horns (actually horns covered with fur).
|Norwegian reindeer/The antlers are covered with fur|
My interest in reindeer goes back to my early childhood when I first heard the song, Rudolph The Red Nosed-Reindeer sung by Gene Autry. My maiden name is Rudolph, so I felt a kinship with him.