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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These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A large taxidermy model of a blue marlin, 82 cm high, 130 cm long

A silver mounted polar bear skull with gaping jaws and three removable silver beakers. 25 cm high, 31 cm long. The skull was part of the Archive of Gordon Burt, OBE (Christie's Australia, 28 November 1996, Lot 472). Gordon Burt was the Engineer on the 1925

A vintage sawfish Rostrum. Pristidae family species. Length 140 cm

A Danish style bronze figure, mid 20th century, artist unknown depicting a figure wrestling a swordfish limited edition 538/600. Signed monogram lower. Height 24 cm

Victorian taxidermy Pike fish in glass fronted display case

Victorian taxidermy Bass fish in glass fronted display case with gold leaf lettering

3 sword fish bills, all mounted on plaques 'Concours Mondial De Peche a L'espadon, Dakar 1980'

Two swordfish rostrum on metal stands, each approx 96 cm high

Three marine ivory whales teeth, Purchased Albany c.1960-1970's. Lengths 13.5 cm-15 cm, total weight 733grams

Sawfish Rostrum, mounted on stand, height on stand 52 cm

Colcough cups and saucers and side sets, in pink, lemon, salmon, mauve, green and blue (20sets)

Gouache painting of Marlin & Trout, signed Caldwell 1991, 34 x 44 cm

A handknotted Sirjan rug of three central medals on a salmon ground. Length 228 cm. Width 173 cm

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