Tiger Claw Earrings

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1875

GUSN

GUSN-283613

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

Descriptive Terms

earrings (jewelry)
parures
gold (metal)
keratin
souvenirs
Set, Jewelry

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.

Additional Identification Number

928

Related Items

Title Tiger Claw Necklace Accession Number 1928.147
Title Tiger Claw Bracelet Accession Number 1928.148
Title Tiger Claw Brooch Accession Number 1928.149

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Bombay, India, Asia

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

7/8 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Louisa M. Dewey

Accession Number

1928.150AB

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)