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This bracelet is made from six 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. The clasp is a tongue and groove catch. The bracelet is part of a parure that consists of a necklace, earrings, and a brooch.
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.
Bombay, India, Asia
1 1/2 x 3/8 (WxD) (inches)
Gift of Miss Louise M. Dewey
1875 (When this set was made in 1875 the city of origin was called "Bombay." Today it is called "Mumbai.")
Bombay (Salsette Island, Maha¯ra¯shtra, India)
Title Tiger Claw Necklace Accession Number 1928.147
Title Tiger Claw Brooch Accession Number 1928.149
Title Tiger Claw Earrings Accession Number 1928.150AB