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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New Zealand Sambar deer, shoulder mounted taxidermy, 6ft

A taxidermied mounted chamois head on an oval wooden base with glass eyes. Length 40 cm

13 point taxidermied stag's head. Length 140 cm. Height 75 cm

Chamois horns, inscribed 'Shot St Arnaud Range 1959'. Length 16 cm. Height 18 cm

A trophy winning taxidermy kudu head and shoulder mount, spiralling horns, ears to attention, one showing evidence of an old bite. Length of horns 1080. Height overall 1720. This animal did win an award for its size in South Africa

A good set of 4/5 point stag horns mounted on half skull and timber shield, inscribed 'Wessenkaar Trieben Thal 9. Oct. 1946'

An early 20th century taxidermy serow head, a Japanese animal of goat/antelope like appearance, mounted with horns, ears to attention, glass eyes, etc

A white-Tailed deer, shoulder mount, fifteen points. Height 100 cm. Width 45 cm. Depth 62 cm

A Kudu, shoulder mount. Height 147 cm. Width 80 cm. Depth 89 cm

A mounted deer skull, and twelve point antlers.

A good taxidermied Kudu shoulder head mount, the long spiralling horns of length 95 cm ears to attention.

A mounted deer skull and antlers, twelve points. Height 110 cm. Width 75 cm

A mounted deer skull and antlers, nine points. Height 100 cm. Width 52 cm

A mounted deer skull and antlers, nine points. Height 120 cm. Width 63 cm

A large impressive taxidermied head of a Wapiti deer, shot in 1952 in Fiordland, this Wapiti crossed with a red deer, antlers 12 pts. Mounted on shield shaped board. Width of span 90 cm depth from wall 81 cm

A large taxidermied deer's head, antlers 12 pts, width of span 90 cm depth from wall 81 cm

A taxidermied impala, Zimbabwe shoulder mount 96 cm high.

A taxidermied Reed buck, Zimbabwe shoulder mount 90 cm high.

A taxidermied shoulder mount of a red deer, lush winter coat with a ten point antler spread. Width of span 62 cm depth from the wall approx. 750

A taxidermied head of a blesbok, a South African antelope, with white face and forehead. Depth from wall 500

The taxidermied head of a Chital deer, six points to the antlers, its head slightly turned left, well mounted and in good condition. Height 122 cm. Width 540

A taxidermied head of a fellow deer, 19 points to its antlers, the head turned to its left, well mounted and in good condition. Height 110 cm. Width 590

A North American elk, shoulder mount, ten points. Height 122 cm. Depth 64 cm

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