Victorian Raj 9kt Tiger Claw Cufflinks
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.
These tiger claw cufflinks from the Victorian Raj period (ca1880) are particularly impressive! Each cufflink is comprised of an authentic tiger's claw, which is set in a 9kt gold encasement. A flowing etched pattern decorates both sides of the gold setting, adding wonderful texture and dimension to the design. The tip of the claws are capped in gold, as well as the interior curve of the claw. Each cufflink is finished with a hinged gold airplane back on the reverse, stamped 9K on the side. A very unusual and striking pair of cufflinks, they would make a very unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each claw measures approximately 1" tall, 3/16" thick, and 1 1/8" in total width. The gold airplane backs measure approximately 5/8" long.
Condition: The cufflinks are in excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold encasement or etched detail, and the hinged airplane backs are in good working condition. The tiger claws are natural, and therefore show some normol variation in color and texture throughout.