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 piece is simply marvelous and extravagant! From the Victorian period (ca1880), the necklace is comprised of a very large double tiger claw pendant center and 2 claws that hang on either side. Each of the 3 pieces is set in 18kt yellow gold and hang from a fine gold chain. The centerpiece is comprised of 2 large sized tiger claws that connect to each other in a hand-etched gold encasement. Two crescent shapes intertwine with each other and rest on the surface of the claws along with a shooting arrow. Attached to the chain (2" on either side of the center pendant) are 2 individual, smaller tiger claws. Each claw is encased in an etched gold cap and hangs from a repousse link with a bent-leg man. The necklace clasps in the back. The compilation of the 3 pendants is just marvelous! It would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The length of the chain measures 17". The center tiger claw pendant hangs approximately 1 1/4" long, is 2 5/8" at the widest point and has a depth of 3/8". The 2 side claws hang approximately 1 3/8" long, are 1" at the widest and have a depth of 1/8".
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or chain or to the tiger claws. The clasp is secure and in good working condition.