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 seated red fox on rectangular timber base 52 cm high, base 46 cm wide, 18 cm deep

A taxidermy head and shoulder mount of a fox, oak wall mounting shield back, ears raised, glass eyes, mouth open showing sharp teeth.

A full taxidermy coyote, natural pale tones with black highlights, ears raised to attention, front right foot raised, glass eyes, mounted on a textured grey base. Length 90 cm height 70 cm

A taxidermy fox the full body mount vixen sitting on her haunches. Height 59 cm

Taxidermy fox, dressed and wearing a bonnet, seated in a cane chair, 74 cm high

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

A striped hyena skin, the head laid flat complete with ears, stitched to a red fabric fringe with grey backing, original taxidermist's label for 'Tocher and Tocher' on reverse, provenance as above. 169 x 116 cm

A spotted hyena, full-body mount, posed snarling and walking, on a naturalistic base. Height 79 cm. Width 133 cm. Depth 45 cm

A taxidermied full mounted fox with a bird in its jaws, mounted on a natural tree branch. Height 680, width from ear to tip of tail 92 cm

A taxidermied head of a snarling fox mounted on a wooden shield

A spotted hyena shoulder mount trophy, origin South Africa. Height 37 cm. Depth 57 cm

A spotted hyena shoulder mount, with open mouth. Height 40 cm. Depth 53 cm

A North American Coyote shoulder mount, in prime fur with closed mouth. Height 37 cm. Depth 36 cm

A good taxidermy fox head on wooden shield wall mount, height 26 cm

Two European mammal displays of a fox and hare, the red fox on a rockwork base with leveret prey, in gilt-lined three glass case, the mountain hare in pale summer coat in glazed case, 81 cm and. Height 43 cm

A mixed group of mammalian taxidermy, comprising a rare Australian marsupial mole with mouse by Hart & Sons of Christchurch, a guenon in a three glass case, a pair of stoats in a five glass wall frame case attributed to Bazeley, a long-eared bat in a box c

A red fox disturbing a moorhen and teal amid grassy rockwork base, in oak three glass case. Height 79 cm

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