Victorian Raj 15kt Tiger Claw & Maltese Cross Link Bracelet
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 from the Victorian Raj era (ca1880) is simply marvelous and very unusual! The piece is comprised of 7 large tiger claw links, which connect together to form a very unique bracelet. Each real tiger claw is set in an ornate 15kt yellow gold encasement, complete with fine etched detail on the front surface and the claws alternate direction, with half of them facing upwards and half facing down. Separating each claw are smaller gold links that rest in between, including small flowers and 3 decorative maltese crosses, which vary in size. The bracelet fastens together at a hidden gold push clasp, which is designed to fasten into one of the actual tiger claws. A gold safety chain provides added security. This extraordinary piece looks incredible when worn and would make a magnificent addition to any collection!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 8" long. The tiger claws vary slightly in size, with the largest measuring 3/4" wide, 1 1/8" tall and 1/4" thick. The smallest claw measures 3/4" wide, 1" tall, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the tiger claws. The push clasp and safety chain are both secure and in good working condition.