Victorian 9kt Gold Tiger Claw Cufflinks
Tiger claw jewelry became popular during the British colonization of India during the Victorian period. This period was known as the British Raj (Hindi for 'rule'). The pieces were produced to appeal to the British travelers as souvenirs with an Indian flare. This craft is now banned which makes the older pieces very collectible.
This fantastic pair of tiger claw cufflinks are particularly magnificent and from the Victorian (ca1880) period! Each claw has a 9kt gold cap with a gold edge running along the inside. Smooth gold cufflink backs connect to the claws by a 5-link 9kt gold chain that measures approximately 3/4" long. Both gold caps encasing the tiger claw are marked "9ct". Often thought to represent good luck, these wonderful and unusual cufflinks are perfect for the tiger claw collector!
Measurements: Each tiger claw measures slightly more than 1 1/4" tall, is 5/8" at its widest point and is approximately 1/8" thick. The gold back is a little more than 3/4" long, 3/8" wide and less than 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold backs, the gold chain, or the gold that runs along each tiger claw. Both tiger claws appear to be in excellent condition.