Victorian 9kt Tiger's Claw & Elk Horn 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.
A fantastic pair of tiger claw and elk horn cufflinks from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each double sided cufflink is set in 9kt rosy yellow gold and has an unusual and very striking design. The real tiger's claws are adorned with a scalloped gold cap, which covers the top of the claw and ends with a delicate ball at the tip of the claw. The other side of the cufflinks is comprised of a piece of carved elk horn, which is also capped in gold at the top and the tip, and riveted through the center. The elk horn has a dark, rich color and smoothly polished surface for a semi-satin finish. The two pieces are connected by a strand of gold chain in between. This wonderful and unusual pair of cufflinks would look fabulous worn by either a man or woman, and would be perfect for a collector!
Measurements: Each tiger claw measures 1" long, is 3/8" at the widest point, and and 1/8" thick. The carved elk horn measures 1 1/4" long and is 1/4" wide and thick. The chain connecting the two pieces measures 3/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or chain, and the elk horn and tiger claws are all undamaged and intact.