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Antique 9/14K Rose Gold Tiger Claw Pendant combined with Two other Animal Teeth

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    Posted 5 years ago

    Agram.m
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    Tiger claw jewelry became popular during the British colonization of India during the Victorian period. This period was known as the British Raj (Hindi for 'rule'). The pieces were produced to appeal to the British travelers as souvenirs with an Indian flare. This craft is now banned which makes the older pieces very collectible.
    Although jewelry made from animal products not to hear my favorites I fall anyway for special jewelry like this pendant.
    Made of a tiger claw acid test for 9 / 14K Rose Gold combined with two Elk teeth. This pendant comes from Germany and there we often see jewelry with animal teeth . The German call this : Grandle.
    What is so special on this tiger claw is that there is a lid with hinge at the top with (Essex?) Glass in it. It can open and therefore something in the pendant can be done. Probably used as Tiger Claw Vinaigrette.
    The claw is hollowed and partially incased in gold. Fitted with a hinged screen inside and an equally hinged lid that hides the screen
    End 19th century India, during Britain's colonial rule over India, the Raj period
    It does have a small crack in the glass, but it's pretty cut and the lid functioning properly.

    Vinagrette: Victorian name for little perfume lockets, perforated and containing tiny pieces of cloth soaked in an aromatic vinaigre.

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    1. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      aghcollect thanks for your very quick reaction, interest and love.
    2. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Hi Agram! Your animal teeth are from deer/elk! (Usual hunting trophy in Germany and France). For the claw, it is very special that it have a lid!
    3. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Google for grandeln schmuck images ;-)
    4. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      kyratango thanks for your explanation and love. I already know now that the claw pendant was probably used as Vinagrette (see description). I'm always very glad with you knowledge and learn a lot.
    5. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      very nice,... Agram.m, ..love the colors...........
    6. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      Roeycroftbooksfromme1 thanks for your nice comment and love.
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      nutsabotas6, vetraio50, blunderbuss2, Jewels and CindB thank you all for your interest and love!
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Interesting post! And really nice piece! Happy Holidays to you!
    9. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      shareurpassion thanks for your really nice compliment and love, and Happy Holidays for you too, I'll hope we "meet" often on CW in 2015 !
    10. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      BHock45, southcop, and PatSea thanks for your interest and love in my pieces over this year. Happy Holidays for all of you!
    11. southcop southcop, 5 years ago
      the tooth is Double Elk Ivory .
    12. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      southcop thanks for your comment now I'm sure what it is about.
    13. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      wow! you have some very interesting jewelery Agram.m!
    14. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      ho2cultcha thanks you for your compliment and love. I always do my best to collect interesting antique jewelry, my great passion with preference Micro mosaic and Berlin Iron, Silesian mesh work jewelry.

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