Victorian Raj 14kt Double 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 Raj period (ca1880s) is particularly impressive! The piece is crafted with 14kt yellow gold and features two authentic tiger's claws which together create a unusual design. The claws are each held within a vibrant 14kt yellow gold encasement and hang from a gold bail at the top. The claws come together tip to tip, forming a round, open shape and an ornate wirework surmount tops the two claws, joining them together. Covering the front and back surface of each gold encasement are fine etched details which create a soft textural appeal. A very unique statement piece, this Victorian tiger claw pendant would make a very special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 1 5/8" long (including the gold bail at the top) and measures 1 1/4" wide and 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold encasement or wirework detail. The bail is intact and securely attached. The claw shows some natural color variation throughout, which is normal for a genuine rather than imitation claw.