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Victorian Jewelry: VJ170

VICTORIAN RAGE FOR THE RAJ ( Victorian Jewelry Tiger Claw Pendant ): One of seemingly odd Victorian traits was their unending appetite for exotic jewelry from exotic places. 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 claw pendant is clad in a 9 KT gold setting that follows the contours of the claws and ends in golden orbs at the tips. (c. 1880-1900) The original gold bale is in place. The bale will fit on a thin to medium chain. (The chain in the photo is for display only. It is not for sale.) Collectors have made these Indian mounted claws all the rage in fashion once again. This sleek and eye-catching pendant is an unforgettable example of the Victorian quest for the exotic.

Condition: Excellent. Due to the organic nature of the claw, there are natural variations in color.

Size: 1 3/8” high from bale to claw tips, 1 1/4” wide, just over 1/8” deep.


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