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Victorian Jewelry: VJ130

REGAL & EXOTIC INDIA ( Victorian Jewelry Tiger Claw Brooch / Pin ): One of the many seemingly odd Victorian traits was their unending appetite for exotic jewelry from exotic places. This wonderful silver gilt Antique Double Tiger’s Claw Brooch illustrates the rage for items from India. (c. 1880-90) In 1876 Queen Victoria was proclaimed the Empress of India, so it is not surprising that Mogul jewelry and elaborately set tiger claws made their appearance. The “Great White Hunters” made their mark on fashion – jewelry was frequently sent home as a memento of their hunting expertise. At that time there was no concern that the seemingly endless supply of birds and animals would ever become endangered. This double tiger’s claw brooch was mounted in India using a silver mounting that has an overlay of gilt gold, known as Vermeil – jeweler tested. The setting covers the curve of the claws and ends in gilt gold tips. There is a C clasp closure. This regal and dramatic brooch is an unforgettable example of the Victorian quest for the exotic. Condition: Excellent. A natural drying of the 125 year old claws. Size: 2 1/8” wide, 1 1/2” high, 1/4” deep.

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