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Victorian Jewelry: VJ229

THE ROAR OF THE RAJ ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Tiger Claw Stick Pin ): When the British ruled India the “great white hunters” (often military officers) sent “Raj” jewelry home to Victorian England as mementos of their hunting expertise. This scarce Double Claw Stick Pin (c. 1870-80) may have been meant as a personal memento to be kept by its owner. A stunning example of 14 KT gold clad claw jewelry clearly set in India, the two claws are attached at their bases by an engraved gold band forming a horseshoe design. There is gold sheathing extending down each inner edge to decorative gold bands around each claw along with engrave gold tips. Two interlocking raised elaborately engraved gold half moons applied to the central band are the focal part of the central motif. The stick pin has a gold twist section near the top for a firm grip on fabric. This regal and dramatic trophy would look supremely smart on a jacket or coat lapel – or even worn on a lady's hat! The Victorian quest for the mysterious and intriguing led to such beautifully crafted jewelry mementos.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Claws at top 1 1/8” wide, 1 1/4” high, 3/8” deep. Pin 3” long.

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