British Raj: Tiger Claw Earrings
Exotic material and foreign intrigue set apart these unique earrings from their counterparts. Tiger claws have been clad in beautiful 22k yellow gold jackets. Ornate gold work captures the essence of the past with motifs as old as the sands of time. The original Indian influenced flower tops join in celebration of the superb work in gold for which the jewelers of India have been famous for centuries. For ease of wear, modern later date 18k yellow gold ear wires have replaced the original screw backs.
Condition: Very good; bottom section of gold work has more patina than the top (due to the change to modern ear wires); variations in the surface of the claw surface is an artifact of the nature of the organic material.
Measurements: 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) in length by less than 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) in width at the top of the claw. The pair has a weight of 6.4 grams.
Date: Circa 1920. These are much more typical of Victorian gold work but since they came to us with screw backs earrings - only made in the early 20th century and later, and we could not determine for sure if those were changed from earlier earring backs, we will safely label them circa 1920.
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”. For many years this style of earring was crafted using the same construction and design.