Victorian Etched Sterling Silver Tiger Claw Pendant
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 particular tiger claw pendant is simply magnificent! From the Victorian period (ca1880), this single tiger claw is set in a sterling silver cap which is ornately decorated with an etched floral motif. A sterling edge runs along the inside and finishes at the tip where there is a small cap carrying a matching floral motif. Branching out from the tip of the cap is a beautiful scrolling textured wire design and dangling from the sides and bottom are 3 hollow silver balls. The back side of sterling setting is a simple, smooth surface. Attached to each side of the top of the claw is a ring which connects to a silver chain and hangs from a sterling ring. I have often heard that the tiger claw now represents good luck and this pendant would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 2 3/4" long, is 1 5/8" at the widest point and has a depth of 1/4" thick.
Condition: The pendant is in excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the claw or to the sterling silver details.