Victorian Raj 18K Gold & Tiger's Claw Brooch
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A extremely fine pair of large tiger claws mounted as a brooch in 18K yellow gold filigree. Tiger claws were popular souvenirs of visits to India, especially after Queen Victoria took the title “Empress of India” in 1876. They were sometimes set into jewelry in England or America, and sometimes in India. This brooch is mounted in the traditional Indian style of ornate filigree work. The center of the brooch is enhanced with a stunning filigree bird superimposed over a bow and arrow. This is a recurring theme in Raj jewelry and the workmanship in this example is first-rate. The brooch suspends a pair of tassels with bellflower caps. The gold is tested and guaranteed to be at least 18K, and is probably closer to 20K. Origin: India, ca. 1880. Condition: excellent, no flaking or cracking to claws. Size: 2-3/16" x 1-7/8". Weight: 13.9 grams.
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- Ca. 1880
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