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Victorian Jewelry: VJ187

THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED ( 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 9KT gold Antique Double Tiger Claw Brooch illustrates the rage for items from India. 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 superb large double claw Antique Tiger Claw Brooch (c. 1880-90) was mounted in India in the traditional style. The size of the claws makes this brooch a real treasure. A double sided figural of a lion is seated with his paw on a golden orb – no doubt representing England’s rule over much of the world. The filigree work is very fine and the saw-tooth cover on the inside of the claws indicates a Victorian Tiger Claw Brooch that is superior in all ways. There is a C clasp closure. The regal and dramatic trophy brooch is an unforgettable example of the Victorian quest for the exotic. Simply magnificent!

Condition: Excellent. Very well done mounting (see photos of the back). A natural drying of the organic claws. Includes original black leather box high-lighted with gold leaf, a deep wine velvet bed and a cream satin lid liner. Box is in good condition and closes firmly with a brass hinge and push button fastener.

Size: 2” wide, 2” high, 1/4” deep.

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