Victorian Raj Large 15kt Etched 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 Raj period (ca1880) is quite impressive! The pendant is comprised of an authentic tiger's claw, which is very substantial in size and striking in appearance. The claw is set in a decorative 15kt yellow gold encasement, which has an etched pattern on both sides of the piece. The tip of the claw is capped in gold, and the pendant is finished with a large gold ring at the top, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. A very unusual statement piece, this Victorian tiger's claw pendant would make a very unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 2 1/8" long (including the gold ring at the top). The claw itself measures 1 3/4" tall and 5/16" thick. It measures 1 1/8" wide at the top, and 1 5/8" in total width.
Condition: The pendant is in very good antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold encasement, etched detail, or ring for hanging. The claw shows some natural color and texture variation throughout. There is a darker area at the interior curve of the claw where a resin-like epoxy holds the claw securely within its gold encasement.