Victorian Large 14kt Tiger Claw Pendant on Cord
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 tiger claw pendant is particularly magnificent! From the Victorian period (ca1880), the single tiger claw is exceptionally large in size and set in a 14kt yellow gold cap. A gold setting runs along the inside of the piece and securely wraps around the sharp, curled end. The large pendant hangs from a simple gold bail which attaches to a black cord chain which is tied in the back. It looks striking on the black cord, however, it could easily be converted to be worn on a long gold chain. I have often heard that the tiger claw now represents good luck and this piece would make no exception. It looks beautiful on and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 2 1/8" long, is 2" at the widest point and has a depth of 3/8" thick. The cord that the pendant hangs from measures 29" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant and cord chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the claw, to the gold details or to the black cord chain, which is secure.