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.
A rare and impressive grizzly bear rug, the full mounted head with open mouth, one claw absent, the winter coat displaying pale tones to the outer and dark brown inner, laid on a fabric backing with green baize crinkle-cut border. Length approx. 220 cm, wi
A lion skin rug (Panthera Leo), early 20th century, with cotton and brown felt backing with scalloped trim and a mounted head; acquired by the current vendor, a relative of the Younger family, as Lot 136 from the June 1981 Leonard Joel sale of the effects
A c.1930/1940 leopard skin rug, full taxidermy mounted head with glass eyes and open mouth, dark royal blue felt backing showing border, printed maker's logo 'TEXMARK No. 24 APRIL. '44', printed to reverse, condition good for age. Copy of C
A vintage leopard skin rug (Panthera Pardus). Early 20th century. The full pelt rug with taxidermic head with snarling expression, the skin mounted on black cotton fabric with black felt edging. Length 221 cm. Width 143 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
A Canadian grey Wolf (Canis Iupus) rug with mounted head, with felt back lining. Length 184 cm. Width 140 cm. Provenance: Purchased La Chasse Galerie, Quebec, with CITES document: Permit 13CA03494/CWHQ-1
A possum skin rug on blue felt backing bearing label 'Manufacturing Furriers, J.Jackson & Sons, Tivoli Fur Store, Albert Square, Brisbane', early 20th century. 184 cm x 152 cm. Provenance: The rug was originally commissioned by the vendors mother during th
A rare Hermannsburg kangaroo skin rug, only two other examples of its kind have been recorded which now reside in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney & the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. Original Hermannsberg Mission label on reverse and in excellent con
An Australian 49 pelt platypus skin rug. 132 x 155 cm. This rug was acquired by the vendor from John Bovill, now deceased, in 1997. The rug had been in Mr Bovill's family, residents of Tasmania, since the pelts were collected in the late 19th and early 20t
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