Deer, Antelope, Caribou, Elk and Other Deer Family - Taxidermy
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.
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 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
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