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 vintage leopard skin rug (Panthera Pardus). Early 20th century. The full pelt rug with taxidermic head with snarling expression, the skin mounted on black cotton fabric with black felt edging. Length 221 cm. Width 143 cm

A mounted leopard skin pelt, with felt Backing, mid 20th century. Length 220 cm

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

An Australian 49 pelt platypus skin rug. 132 x 155 cm. This rug was acquired by the vendor from John Bovill, now deceased, in 1997. The rug had been in Mr Bovill's family, residents of Tasmania, since the pelts were collected in the late 19th and early 20t

A pair of old rhinoceros horns, from the one animal with section of hide attached. Length approx. 40 cm and 20 cm. Total weight 2.75kgs. Provenance: This pair of horns comes from a rhinoceros shot by Colonel J.H. Wright of the British Army, while in Kenya

A leopard skin (Panthera Pardus), a full unmounted pelt. Length 208 cm. Width 120 cm

A leopard skin (Panthera Pardus), a full unmounted pelt. Length 154 cm. Width 112 cm

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

Taxidermied polar bear skin rug with full head mount, some claws missing, wear to pelt, 200 cm length approximately

An antique lion skin rug (Panthera Leo), late 19th century, a mature female lion, the pelt complete with taxidermic head and all paws, the whole mounted on hand stitched crimped beige and orange felt and further mounted onto a woollen tartan backing. Lengt

A hog deer pelt (Axis Porcinus), a cased hide in beige and light brown. Length 110 cm. Width 80 cm

A taxidermy lioness pelt with mounted head, early 20th century mounted on cloth backing length 230 cm

A Colobus monkey pelt rug, circular, formed of seventy-two pelts sewn together to show off the natural markings of the pelts in a concentric design. Diameter 300 cm

A taxidermy mounted leopard pelt with head, c.1920's, with leather and felt backing, length 185 cm

A large South American red fox pelt throw rug trimmed with tail, 195 x 205 cm

A Snow leopard skin pelt, mid 20th century, with fully mounted head on a black felt background.235 cm long.

A plains zebra pelt, with black felt backing, 276 cm long

A tiger pelt, with fully mounted head on a brown base backing.240 cm wide

A leopard skin pelt, mid 20th century, with fully mounted head on a blue felt background 230 cm wide

A black bear pelt, with fully mounted head, on green felt backing 198 cm wide

A circular black and white colobus pelt floor rug, backed with black fabric. Diameter 160 cm

A lioness pelt, full sized complete with original claws intact. Length 234 cm. Width 160 cm.

A Malaysian tiger pelt, full size with ears intact. Length 230 cm. Width 190 cm.