Learn about Taxidermy

Taxidermy is the art of mounting or reproducing animals for display or study and in the past the word has been associated with large gloomy Victorian houses filled with stuffed animals. However in recent years, taxidermy has emerged from the shadows as a collecting area in its own right and in the United Kingdom there are now dealers who deal only in taxidermy. In Victorian times, taxidermists performed a valuable service, bringing wildlife into homes and allowing the inhabitants to see real birds and mammals at close quarters. They could also create trophies to provide mementoes of a good day's fishing or hunting. The value of taxidermy specimens is enhanced by the presence of an original label detailing when and where the specimen was obtained and by a trade label of the taxidermist, the most sought after being Rowland Ward of London. In assessing a taxidermied specimen, the potential buyer should carefully study the colours and brightness of the specimen, the eyes, the detail of the groundwork, style and condition of the case and the rarity of the species. Worm or insect eaten specimens, fading, and other damage substantially reduce the value of taxidermied items.

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A mounted leopard skin pelt, with felt Backing, mid 20th century. Length 220 cm

A mounted zebra skin pelt, with felt Backing, mid 20th century. Length 310 cm

An early 20th century wall mounted taxidermy leopard's head, the full head with glass eyes and porcelain teeth suspended upon a shield form wall mount covered with further leopard skin, open snarling mouth, the ears with some distress

Zebra skin, mounted on felt. Ex Desmond Barnes Collection, approx 300 cm x 161 cm

A Leopard skin, South African, early 20th century. Approximately 230 x 150 cm

A Leopard skin, South African, early 20th century. 161 x 110 cm

A Leopard skin, South African, early 20th century. 130 x 125 cm

Leopard skin, acquired in the 1960s Mt. Kenya, Kenya

Leopard skin, acquired in the 1960s Mt. Kenya, Kenya

African skin shield, approx 68 cm high, 46 cm wide

An African cheetah skin with fully taxidermied head, circa 1950. 208 cm long and 122 cm wide

Two ivory tusks. Morley described these as 'Victorian pacifiers,' one a pleasant finish, the other more brutish with animal skin finish. Length 35 cm & 43 cm (2)

Leopard skin by Rowland Ward mounted on a felt back. Length 230 cm

A leopard skin (Panthera Pardus), a full unmounted pelt. Length 208 cm. Width 120 cm

A leopard skin (Panthera Pardus), a full unmounted pelt. Length 154 cm. Width 112 cm

Group of mixed brown handbags, to include a vintage crocodile skin example, a beige lizard skin, a brown ostrich skin and two soft brown leather bags, (5)

Group of black leather vintage handbags, to include lizard skin example another with embossed paisley design, (4)

Three various skin Handbags, including Jean Charles crocodile; and 2 others. Length 20 cm. (average)

Three various crocodile skin Handbags, including 2 di Croco; and one other. Length 28 cm. (average)

A reticulated snake skin, with attached head, 12 ft long

A tiger skin with fully taxidermied head, 19th century. 260 cm long

A good Hartmans zebra skin, the full skin including the head, complete with ears, mane and tail, the quality tanning giving a velvety soft feel. Length 3300,mm, width 240 cm

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