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Tiger Claw Earrings

1928.150AB (RS203323)

Description

This pair of earrings is made from two small tiger claws set in gold mounts. Each gold mount is a wide cap set at the top of the claw, delicately chased with floral designs. The mount is held in place with a set of prongs extending from a tab along the front edge of each claw. The claws are suspended from ear wires with a pair of delicate gold cable chains attached to the gold mounts. A gold tri-lobed floral element covers the join where the chains meet the ear wires. The earrings are part of a parure that consists of a necklace, bracelet, and a brooch.\n

Details

Label
This tiger claw necklace is part of a set, called a parure, which includes a bracelet, earrings, and a brooch. The set was purchased in Bombay (now called Mumbai), India, in 1875 as a gift for the popular Cambridge author Georgina Lowell Putnam (1836-1922). Sets of tiger claw jewelry were quite fashionable in the nineteenth century, made as hunting trophies and tourist souvenirs by talented Indian jewelers. Tiger hunting was a common pastime for British government officials stationed in India. Jewelers in Britain and the United States advertised tiger claw jewelry in the 1870s and 1880s.Claw jewelry is a beautiful but troubling product of that era. <br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1875
When this set was made in 1875 the city of origin was called "Bombay." Today it is called "Mumbai."
Location of origin
Bombay, India, Asia
Material
gold (metal)
keratin
Object type
Adornment
Places
Bombay (Salsette Island, Maha¯ra¯shtra, India)
Maha¯ra¯shtra (India)
Descriptive terms
earrings (jewelry)
gold (metal)
keratin
parures
Set, Jewelry
souvenirs
Dimensions
7/8 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1928.150AB
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Louisa M. Dewey
GUSN
283613
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Title Tiger Claw Brooch Accession number 1928.149 Relationship Part of set

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