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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An uncarved elephant tusk on stand, of good uniform colour and polish. 3050gms. Outer curvature 88 cm diameter 24.5 cm

An Edwardian ivory tusk glass and brass mounted dish, of oval form with bevelled glass base, 16.5 cm width

A large African ivory tusk vase, purchased in Zimbabwe 1970, modelled with procession of animals in a forest, mounted on timber stand, 32 cm high

Impressive pair of old African ivory elephant tusks, weighting approx 20 Kgs each. Approx 159 cm & 152 cm long (2) Imported with the current vendors family pre CITES.

A large Narwhal tusk, first half 20th century, 220 cm high

A warthog skull and tusk mounted on rimu shield, large size.

An impressive large black wild pig head mount, open mouth displaying teeth and tusk, a fine example.

An elephant ivory tusk, 19th century. Length 69 cm

A pair of small old elephant tusks, collected by our vendor's father in Kenya in the 1950s. Exterior curvature approx. 57 cm. Total weight 2.1kgs.

An elephant tusk, early to mid 20th century, the Loxodonta Africana or Elephas Maximus tusk in its natural form and polished, with an ivory cap to the broader end. Length 81 cm

A pair of extremely large elephant tusks, good uniformity of size and colour, with a total weight of approx. 24kgs, an outer curvature of approx. 1650 mm,ea. and maximum girth of 34 cm

A pair of trophy elephant tusks, mounted individually on wooden backs, outer curvatures 64.5 cmand 67 cm

An old ivory elephant tusk, with age cracking and patina, with impressed game park numbers. Weight 13 kilos, length approx. 120 cm.

Antique elephant ivory tooth (Molar), circa early 1800s. Diameter 8 x 8 cm weight 189gm

An old ivory elephant tusk, with age cracking and patina, with impressed game park numbers. Weight 13 kilos, length approx. 120 cm

A large old ivory elephant tusk, with old ink stencil notations of measurements, game park numbers and 'City of Durban' to one end. Weight 12 kilos. Length 132 cm

A simulated ivory resin tusk decorated with figural scene to one side, wooden stand, 74 cm long

Pair of carved ivory elephant tusks, decorated with figures, animals and entwined snakes, each butt end mounted with sterling silver and a suspension ring. 59 cm long

A plain polished ivory tusk, natural mildly curved form tapering to a point. Length 79 cm, weight 2.6kgs

A large single African elephant tusk, harvested in the mid to late 1960's in Kenya, and imported into Australia in 1998, having spent many years in storage. 219 cm along the leading edge, 48 cm girth at base weigh 32.2kgs. Other notes: This Lot is subject

A magnificent and very large pair of African elephant tusks the tusks are of wonderful form and colour. They were harvested in the mid to late 1960's in Kenya, and imported into Australia in 1998, having spent many years in storage, they are each mounted o

A very large trophy hippotamus lower curved canine tusk, with enamel surface still remaining, large grinding facet near the tip, the pulp cavity with some resin inlay to the end. Outer curvature 73 cm

An elephant's foot stool, the broad circular padded seat covered in lion skin. Height 44 cm. Diameter 47 cm

Two small African elephant tusks, one carved with the head of a woman, the other with the bust of a woman, both with dark brown painted bases. Heights 360 and 35 cm

An impressive matched pair of elephant ivory tusks collected by General H. Hart (New Zealand) on a big game hunt in Rhodesia, Southern Africa, September 1926, the matched pair of curved form with fine black linial natural inclusions mounted within a rimu b

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