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.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A taxidermied boars head on a wooden shield back 55 cm high, 41 cm wide, 37 cm deep

Boar skull with tusks, mounted. Ex Desmond Barnes, approx 26 cm high, 34 cm wide

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

A good taxidermy warthog head mount, pronounced large curved tusks, a fine example

A pair of hippopotamus lower canine teeth and a pair of warthog tusks. Height 27 cm. (overall), and smaller

A Zimbabwe warthog, shoulder trophy mount with ivory tusks. Length 50 cm. Depth 62 cm.

A shoulder mounted trophy of a young boar, taken King Island circa 1960. 47 cm. Length 53 cm. Height. Bob Penfold collection.

A life-size of an African Warthog, in a striding position on a habitat base, lenght 120 cm. Height 76 cm

A Warthog shoulder mount from Southern Africa. Height 52 cm. Depth 58 cm

A life-size mount of a taxidermied baby Warthog, kneeling in a feeding position, Height 90 cm, Wall mounted base 82cm longong

An African bush pig shoulder mount. Height 52 cm. Depth 58 cm

An African Warthog shoulder mount. Height 50 cm. Depth 55 cm

A wild boar trophy headshield mount, with plaque engraved Awenne and dated, Dec 1913. Height 74 cm