Victorian 18K Gold Mounted Tiger Claw Whistle


An extraordinarily rare Victorian tiger claw mounted as a whistle in 18K yellow gold. Tiger claws were popular souvenirs of visits to India, especially after Queen Victoria took the title “Empress of India” in 1876. They were sometimes set into jewelry in India, but better examples were usually mounted as brooches, necklaces or earrings in England. We’ve handled many tiger claw pieces over the years, but this is the ONLY example of a whistle we’ve ever seen. The gold, with a slightly rosy tint, nicely accents the dark color of the claw itself. The surface is finely engraved in an ornate foliate pattern. The whistle has a trace link chain so it could be suspended from a woman’s chatelaine or a gentleman’s watch chain. The whistle is fully functional. Today, the whistle could easily be worn as pendant. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold.

Origin: India/England, ca. 1880. Condition: excellent, no flakes or cracks to claw. Dimensions: 2-9/16” x 1” (excluding chain). Weight: 9.7 grams.

NOTE: This item cannot be shipped outside the United States or to California.

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