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Prodigious Victorian Era Tiger Claw Pendant


Tiger claw jewelry came into fashion with the colonization of India by the British from 1858 to 1947. British officers stationed in India found themselves seeking the excitement of hunting Bengal tigers which readily roamed all over the local villages. The Victorians at home were fascinated by objects and jewelry from far off exotic places and items had with the claws of tiger most certainly fit the bill.

Very large in proportion, this natural Bengal tiger claw is rather spectacular. Clad in 15k yellow gold, the ornate cap has various bands of intricate hand engraved scroll work, delicate wire work and a decorative leaf motif scalloped perimeter. The entire curve is covered with a smooth jacket of 15k yellow gold with just the front edge hand engraved. Originally a brooch, the antique piece has been transformed into an impressively large pendant.

Date: Circa 1880.

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+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 1-15/16 inches (5.0 cm) in length including top two "O" fittings by 2-1/16 inch (5.2 cm) at the widest. Weight of 11.8 grams (7.6 dwt).

Condition: Excellent; converted from a brooch; a bit of minor surface distortion to back top; modern bale.

Origin: Most likely British or British Raj.

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