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.
These tiger claw cufflinks are particularly magnificent and from the Victorian period (ca1880)! The delicate claws are encased in a decorative 9kt yellow gold setting. The gold caps have a scalloped edge and a fine etched design on the front surface and the gold setting carries along the inside curved part of the claw and ends at the tip in a small gold ball. At the back of each claw is a gold chain that connects to a rectangular flat gold link. The cufflinks are marked "9CT" along with a small hallmark. It is often heard that the tiger claw now represents good luck, these would be no exception. They would look fantastic worn by a woman or man and would make an incredible addition to any collection!
Measurements: The tiger claws measure 5/8" long, are 1/2" at their widest point, and are 1/8" thick. The rectangular panel measures 3/4" long, 3/8" wide and 1/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the tiger claws or the gold setting.