A Victorian tiger claw brooch
Lot 80Y≈
A Victorian tiger claw brooch
Sold for £175 (US$ 294) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Victorian tiger claw brooch
Lot Details
A Victorian tiger claw brooch
The mount with stylised floral and foliate decoration, set with oval-cut rubies and seed-pearls, length 43mm


  • Jewellery set with the claws of big cats has a long history in Hindu India. Such pieces were regarded as charms against evil. The Mughal Emperor Akbar had tiger's claws mounted in gold for his horse to wear. They were also made for the British as a memento of their time in India. For other examples, see Stronge, Smith and Harle, Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent, London, 1988, no.s 76 and 77.
  1. Clare Blatherwick
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    Edinburgh, EH2 1JX
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