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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Group of 5 whalebone bodkins and a whale's tooth spinning top, 19th century, Longest 12 cm

A whalebone and tooth gavel, brush and implement, 19th century, Longest 13 cm

A mounted sperm whales tooth, inscribed plaque, tooth of a sperm whale, caught off Albany West Australia.

A carved whale's tooth penguin statue, North American, Inuit. 15 cm

Two whale's teeth, 18/19th century. 10 cm and 14 cm

A large natural whale's tooth, evidence of native abrasion. Length 18 cm

A large natural whale's tooth, with splattered and splashed reddish staining. Provenance as above. Length 17 cm

A middle Sepik dog tooth Pectoral and a carved Cassowary bone spatula, the latter, 36 cm long

Group of whalebone bodkins, implements & whales tooth clamp. 19th century. (7 items)

Sperm whale teeth. Group of 21 ranging in size from 12 cm to 16 cm

Egg cruet, Tasmanian blackwood stand with 5 whale tooth egg cups together with 8 assorted whalebone spoons, mid 19th century. 23 cm high

Cribbage board, lignum vitae, whalebone & tooth, 19th century. 29 x 6 cm

A taxidermied badger's head, open snarling mouth showing tongue and teeth, attached to a shield shaped oak board.

Prehistoric mammoth tooth, sliced through centre and polished, 11 cm long approx

An old sperm whale tooth, cutting evident at widest end, old label affixed. Length 12.5 cm

An old sperm whale tooth, natural polished tip end. Length 13 cm

Rare antique Victorian large tiger head specimen, teeth intact, 22.5 cm in height, 46 cm in length

Hallmarked sterling silver and enamelled boxed dressing table set with floral design, comprising a mirror, hair brush, clothes brush and comb (missing one tooth). Birmingham, maker W I Broadway & Co dimensions of case 37.5 x 21.5 cm

A sperm whale tooth, natural curved form, semi-polished. Length 14 cm

Three ivory whales teeth. Lengths 12.5 cm. 13.5 cm. 13.8 cm total weight 556grams

Whales teeth: collection of 42 teeth ranging in size from 4 cm to 15 cm, plus a pair of horns. (44 items)

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

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

A finely patined whales tooth, 19th century or earlier, with holes for carrying on a thong, 20 cm long

An undecorated whales tooth, 19th century, with leather thong

A large whales tooth, 19th century, 16.5 cm long

A sailmaker's gimlet with whale tooth handle, 19th century, 13.5 cm long, 9 cm wide

Two large and one smaller whales teeth, 19th century, one with engraved line, 16 cm high, the other undecorated, 17 cm high, and one other, 13 cm high

22 x late 20th century advertising stickers, Tooth Sydney Draft, Presto, Ardath, Time, Camel and others 77 cm x 39 cm