Victorian Large 9kt Rose Gold 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 striking tiger claw pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era is particularly impressive! The piece features an authentic tiger's claw, which is quite substantial in size and decorative in appearance. The claw is held within a smoothly polished 9kt rose gold encasement, which extends down the interior curve and wraps around the tip. A delicate twisted rope lines the base of the encasement, forming a lovely eye-catching textured border and resting at the top is a large round bail, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. The cap is stamped with a "9C" gold purity mark and a "DL" maker's mark. A bold statement piece, this Victorian pendant would make a gorgeous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 1 5/8" long (including the bail at the top), and measures about 1 3/4" wide and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the rose gold setting. The claw displays some natural color and texture variation throughout. The bail is secure and in good working order.