Tiger Claw Necklace

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1875

GUSN

GUSN-101481

Description

This necklace is made from seven 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. Each claw is connected to the other with a series of 'O' rings set into loops at the cap and a second set driven into each claw at its mid-section. From that second set of rings a fine gold cable chain drapes across each claw. A pair of gold double link chains extend from the first and seventh claw to connect to a double link gold chain with a tube slide clasp. The necklace is part of a parure that consists of a bracelet, earrings, and a brooch.

Details

Descriptive Terms

necklaces
parures
gold (metal)
keratin
souvenirs
Set, Jewelry

Label

This set of tiger claw jewelry was purchased in Bombay (now called Mumbai), India, in 1875, as a gift for the popular Cambridge, Massachusetts, author Georgina Lowell Putnam. Indian-made sets of tiger claw jewelry were quite fashionable as hunting trophies and tourist souvenirs in the nineteenth century.

Additional Identification Number

928

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Bombay, India, Asia

Dimensions

1 3/8 x 3/8 (WxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Louise M. Dewey

Accession Number

1928.147

Exhibition Notes

"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

Date

1875 (When this set was made in 1875 the city of origin was called "Bombay." Today it is called "Mumbai.")

Places

Maha¯ra¯shtra (India)
Bombay (Salsette Island, Maha¯ra¯shtra, India)

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