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 Pronghorn Antelope head and shoulder taxidermy mount, inward curving horns. Note these horns have densely packed hairs similar to that of the rhinoceros.

Chamois horns mounted on a wooden shield, approx 19 cm high

19th century taxidermy of a baby fawn resting on a timber base

Gazelle skull and horns, Ex Desmond Barnes collection. Approx 77 cm long

Large sable antelope, mounted horns, Ex Desmond Barnes Estate, approx 60 cm long

Impala mounted horns, Ex Desmond Barnes collection, approx 50 cm long

Old young deer taxidermy head, mounted on shaped oak back board

An impressive set of 7 point deer antlers with skull mounted on board. Approximately 110 cm high, 90 cm wide

A pair of mounted Roan Antelope horns, Tanzania, mid 20th century

A pair of mounted Eland Antelope horns (largest of the African antelopes), mid 20th century. Approximately 80 cm high

A pair of mounted Stag horns, 20th century. Approximately 60 cm high, 90 cm wide

A taxidermied Fallow deer's head mounted on board, 20th century. Approximately 65 cm high, 55 cm deep

A pair of mounted Waterbuck horns, Tanzania, early 20th century. Approximately 80 cm

A taxidermied Samba deer stags head, 20th century. Approximately 100 cm high, 50 cm wide

Vintage taxidermy - mounted head of an African sable antelope 116 cm

A ten point white tailed deer (Odocoileus Virginianus), a straight shoulder mounted taxidermic specimen upon a timber shield. Height 79 cm. Depth 50 cm

Large taxidermied wall mounted elk head, approx 84 cm in length

A red hartebeest (Alcelaphus Buselfaphus Caama), a straight shoulder mounted taxidermic specimen. Height 114 cm. Width 30 cm. Depth 65 cm

A white tailed North American deer (Odocoileus Virginianus), a right turn shoulder mounted taxidermic specimen with six point antlers. Height 90 cm. Width 34 cm. Depth 60 cm

A South African Blesbok (Damaliscus Pygargus Phillipsi), a left turn shoulder mounted taxidermic specimen. Height 85 cm. Width 39 cm. Depth 52 cm

An African Waterbuck (Kobus Ellipsiprymnus), a left turn shoulder mounted taxidermic specimen. Height 144 cm. Width 56 cm. Depth 77 cm