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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Six sperm whale teeth Collected Albany c.1960's various Lengths: 13 cm - 14.5 cm Scientific Instruments and Mechanical objects

Six sperm whale teeth Collected Albany c.1960's various Lengths: 11.5 cm - 14 cm

An old large sawfish bill, the 72 teeth naturally projecting from each side, tapered form, three teeth with damage. Length 115 cm. Note: the sawfish also known as carpenter sharks are of a family of rays characterised by their long, narrow, flattened rostr

Four Albany sperm whale teeth mid 20th century various lengths: 11 cm - 14 cm

Four Albany sperm whale teeth mid 20th century various lengths: 11 cm - 13 cm

Whale's tooth gavel, whalebone pen, letter opener, glove stretcher and ivory draftsmen pen, 19th century, longest 18 cm

Whales tooth unmarked. Condition good, some wear to the edges. Length 16 cm

Whales tooth unmarked. Condition good, some wear to the edges. Length 18.5 cm

Four Albany sperm whale teeth, mid 20th century, various lengths: 11.5 cm, 13.5 cm

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

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 collection of six various whale teeth, late 19th/20th century, the largest 16 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