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Victorian Jewelry: VJ179

THE BIGGEST & THE BEST of RAJ ( Victorian Jewelry Tiger Claw Brooch / Pin ): This is the largest and most stunning example of a “Raj” Antique Tiger Claw Brooch that I have ever seen. (c.1870-80) In 1876 Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India. That British period of rule, from 1858 until 1947, has come to be known as the British Raj and it has gifted us with an exotic legacy – the style of jewelry known as Raj. The “Great White Hunters” made their mark on fashion by sending home claws and teeth set in gold as mementos of their hunting expertise. At that time there was no concern that the seemingly endless supply of birds and animals would ever become endangered. Set in marked 18KT gold, with gold chasing and engraving, the focal point of this huge claw is a song bird worked in repoussé. The bird is perched on a branch that holds oak leaves (a symbol of victory) and I’m guessing that the trumpet shaped flowers are morning glories (symbolizing the brevity of life). The bird is looking at what appears to be a stylized nest with a single egg in it. This amazing claw brooch was undoubtedly mounted in India. The back of the brooch is marked “18CT” and has a silver replacement safety clasp. The equal of any Museum Quality Raj jewelry, this brooch is meant for a true collector of the mysterious and exotic.

Condition: Excellent. There is some drying of the claw due to its organic nature.
Size: Extremely large, just shy of 2" high, with the tip 2” wide, the gold top 1 1/8" wide, 1/4" deep.

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