Victorian 18kt Large Tiger Claw Pendant
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 pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era is simply marvelous and very unusual! The pendant is comprised of a single authentic tiger claw, which is very large in size and exhibits some natural dark lines that create a marbled look. The claw is set in an ornate 18kt yellow gold encasement, complete with textured detail, filigree work, and fine etching. The tip of the claw is capped in gold and finished with a small gold ball at the end. At the top of the claw is a simple gold ring, making the pendant easy to hang and wear from a chain. This extraordinary piece is incredibly detailed and would make a magnificent addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 1 3/4" long, is 3/8" thick and measures slightly more than 2" wide in total and 1 1/4" wide at the top.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the tiger claw. The bail is secure and in good working condition.