Victorian Large Sterling Silver Raj Tiger Claw Pin
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 pin from the Victorian (ca1880s) era is exceptionally large and very unusual! The pin is comprised of a single tiger claw, which is set in an ornate sterling silver encasement, complete with etched accents, bold beadwork detail and a figural tiger motif attached at the side. The interior curve and top of the claw are lined in a scalloped edge and a majestic tiger is perched at the side, complete with an open growling mouth, curved tail, and outstretched paws in mid-step. A vibrant French paste stone dots the eye, completing the look, and a secure c-catch pin and clasp can be found on the back. This extraordinary antique piece is incredibly detailed and would make a magnificent addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 2" tall, is 1 3/4" across in total width, and 3/8" in depth.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the tiger claw or to the sterling encasement and figural tiger detail. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.