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 Collard Peccary full body mount on natural habitat. Height 58 cm

A male bull Livingstone's eland shoulder mount, origin Zimbabwe. Height 126 cm. Depth 95 cm

A six point deer, shoulder mount. Height 48 cm. Depth 42 cm

Red hartebeest, trophy shoulder mount. Height 97 cm. Depth 55 cm

An eleven point fallow deer, shoulder mount trophy. Height 68 cm. Depth 51 cm

A large impressive mounted Wapiti deer head, its antlers of 16 points and spanning approximately one metre, mounted on an oval wooden backing board. Height approx. 160 cm

A pair of young adult ten point deer antlers, mounted on a shiled-shaped wall mount, 61 cm depth, 54 cm high.

A life-size mount of a Southern Impala ram, in a walking position on a natural habitat base Lenght 142 cm, height 140 cm

A life-size standing red hartebeest from Southern Africa, height 125 cm, base 150 cm

A life-size mount of a standing springbok antelope from Southern Africa, on a habitat base. Height 127 cm, base 115 cm

Two roe deer stag trophy heads, both 6 points and shield neck and shoulder mounts, one inscribed, 'W.P.A. Dunlossit Jura', the other with silver plaque dated 1909 both about 55 cm high

An antique pair of deer antlers, with part skull, mounted on a shield35 cm deep. Height 62 cm

A fully mounted young grey duiker, African, naturalistically rendered leaping forward, mounted on a rock work base. Length 80 cm. Height 55 cm .

An albino blesbok trophy head from Southern Africa. Depth 45 cm . Height 82 cm

A black springbok antelope shoulder mount from South Africa. Depth 38 cm . Height 68 cm

A nyala trophy head from Southern Africa, in good condition. Depth 80 cm . Height 140 cm

A life size fallow deer trophy shoulder mount, with 16 point horns, mid 20th century. 101 cm. Length 60 cm height. Bob Penfold collection.

Life-sized African Steinbok antelope. Width 10 cm. Depth 24 cm. Height 64 cm

A life-size North American collared Peccary, in a walking position with open mouth on a natural habitat base. Length 88 cm. Height 59 cm

A South African Impala shoulder mount, with fine twisted antlers. Height 100 cm

A bushbuck antelope shoulder mount from Southern Africa, with fine horns, good condition. Height 75 cm. Depth 42 cm

A black springbok antelope shoulder mount from South Africa. Height 72 cm. Depth 45

An Impala antelope shoulder mount from South Africa, head turned to the right. Height 100 cm. Depth 50 cm

A shoulder mount Livingstone's eland bull from Zimbabwe. Height 125 cm. Depth 100 cm

A fine Gemsbok antelope shoulder mount from Namibia. Height 142 cm. Depth 76 cm

A Zimbabwean Kudu bull trophy head, shoulder mount with impressive spirals horns. Depth 96 cm. Height 150 cm

A Canadian Caribou bull trophy head, 30 points, single shovel shoulder mount. Height 100 cm. Depth 129

A North American whitetail deer shoulder mount, 8 points, head turned to the right, slight fading. Height 90 cm. Depth 60 cm

A Tiang antelope shoulder mount from the Sudan, with good sized horns. Height 90 cm. Depth 66 cm

A Roan antelope shoulder mount, neck slightly turned to the right, good condition. Height 125 cm. Depth 84 cm

A common Reedbuck antelope shoulder mount from Southern Africa. Height 80 cm. Depth 50 cm

A rare sable antelope shoulder mount from Zimbabwe, neck turned at 90 degrees to the rightHeight 130 cm

A large and impressive Livingston's eland shoulder mount from Southern Africa, head turned to the right horn lenght 86 cm. Height 140 cm. Depth 95 cm

A North American mule deer shoulder mount, 8 point forked antlers, slight fading. Height 110 cm. Depth 60 cm

A large North American bull Elk, 10 points, head rotated 90 degrees to the right with mouth open. Depth 100 cm. Height 150 cm

A good Gemsbok antelope shoulder mount from Namibia, the head turned at 90 degree to the left. Height 128 cm. Depth 65 cm

A springbok antelope shoulder mount from South Africa. Height 65 cm. Depth 52 cm

A blesbok antelope shoulder mount from South Africa. Height 86 cm. Depth 60 cm

A magnificent New Zealand red deer stag trophy head, 27 points, wall pedestal mount turning to right. Height 145 cm. Depth 95 cm