Fantastic Raj Era Tiger Claw Suite
Legendary in history and spectacular in look, this Victorian Raj era set elegantly displays the superb work in gold for which the jewelers of India have been famous for centuries. Each of the earrings has been crafted from the claw of a tiger which has been clad in gold wire work and capped in gold. The brooch incorporates a set of two very large tiger claws which have been worked into a high relief and three-dimensional theme of love using the bird and arrow as symbols of romantic love. Fine detailing and exacting design have been translated into the fabrication of a suite of splendid jewels.
The brooch measures 2 inches (5 cm) by 1 inch (2.5 cm) at the widest and is ½ of an inch (1.2 cm) in thickness. The earrings are 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) in length including the top wire; 1 inch (2.7 cm) with claw and original top "O" fitting by 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) in width. The brooch has a weight of 8.8 grams and the earrings are 4.7 grams. Condition is excellent with modern 22k gold wires on earrings; otherwise very fine. The brooch retains its original tube hinge. “C” clasp and pin stem. Dates to circa 1860 – 1870.
Historical notes: British colonization of India began with the transfer of control from the East India Company to that of the British government. That period of rule from 1858 until 1947 has come to be known as the British Raj and it has bestowed upon us a worthy inheritance – the style of jewelry known as Raj. All manner of jewelry from suites and parures to men's accessories that catered to the tastes of the souvenir collecting British Victorians was produced in India from the mid to late 19th century.
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