Victorian Raj 18kt Tiger Claw Earring & Pin Set w/Floral & Bird Motif
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 tiger claw earring and pin set is particularly magnificent and from the Victorian Raj era (ca1880)! Each tiger claw earring is set in 18kt yellow gold caps, which are ornately and wonderfully decorated. The gold detailing is absolutely fantastic and carries along the curved part of the claw. Each earring hangs from a gold wire that attaches to a delicate gold flower topper. The topper is highly detailed with several petals that display gold wirework. The matching pin holds 2 large tiger claws that connect to each other in a handmade gold encasement. The gold encasement is highly detailed in beautiful, delicate gold wirework. At the center of the pin is a gold bird which rests atop a bow and arrow. The bird, as well as the bow display several feathers and dangling from the pin are two gold link chains, each of which end with a bell-like flower. On the back of the piece is a secure pin clasp. I have often heard that the tiger claw represents good luck. This earring and pin set would make a stunning addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 1 3/4" long, are 5/8" at the widest point and have a depth of 1/8”. Each flower topper has a diameter of slightly more than 3/8”. The pin measures 2 1/8” long, 3/4" at the tallest point, and 1/2" at the deepest point.
Condition: The overall condition of this tiger claw set is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold caps, wires, or to the tiger claws.