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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A mounted zebra skin pelt, with felt Backing, mid 20th century. Length 310 cm

Zebra skin, mounted on felt. Ex Desmond Barnes Collection, approx 300 cm x 161 cm

A zebra skin rug on velvet backing, 19th century (poor condition)

Taxidermy African zebra shoulder trophy mount, 80 cm

A fine African plains zebra head (Equus Quagga), a shoulder mounted taxidermic specimen. Height 80 cm. Width 33 cm. Depth 77 cm

Taxidermy zebra head, approx 83 cm high, 40 cm wide, 80 cm deep

A good Hartmans zebra skin, the full skin including the head, complete with ears, mane and tail, the quality tanning giving a velvety soft feel. Length 3300,mm, width 240 cm

An African zebra taxidermy pelt mounted on felt backing. Length 320

A taxidermy shoulder mount zebra. Height 100 cm. Depth 77 cm

Zebra skin, with tail and head intact. 280 cm x 170 cm approx.

Taxidermied zebra skin, with tail and head intact. 300 cm x 210 cm approx.

Taxidermied zebra, rearing from the front quarters. 130 cm x 43 cm x 80 cm

A Burchell's zebra skin rug, the skin backed on to black felt, includes tail and a fraction of mane. Length from tip to tail 250 cm, width from leg to leg 170 cm

Rare taxidermy zebra, head and shoulder mount. Length 90 cm

A good vintage zebra skin, large size, complete with head and tail

Zebra skin rug mounted on black felt padding, excellent condition (3m)

A large zebra skin, in fine condition, includes mane. Length approx. 2800

Antique mahogany William IV adjustable arm chair, upholstered in zebra skin

A zebra skin. Length 267 cm (including tail). Width 170 cm

An adult zebra skin floor rug, labelled 'Hand Tanning by Safari Services, Maun, Botswana', includes mane, tail etc, stitched to a black felt backing, labelled

Brown and white zebra skin rug, with black felt backing (A/F). Approx length 300 cm

Brown and white zebra skin rug, with black felt backing (A/F). Approx length 320 cm

An elephant's foot stool, the circular padded seat covered in zebra skin enclosing a storage compartment. Height 48 cm.

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