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.

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

Victorian taxidermy bird diarama under a glass dome, 3 birds and an egg

A large kiwi egg specimen the egg is cream coloured with light brown flecks and most likely belongs to the North Island brown kiwi. Length 13.5 cm.

A cased pair of brown Kiwis with a kiwi egg. Makers label W. Martin Nile St. Nelson, circa 1900 some fading and wear to the case. Height 57 cm. Width 660. Depth 34 cm

Elephant bird ('pyornis maximus) egg, Madagascarin undamaged condition with original contents. Height 31 cm

Antarctic interest: a wandering albatross egg, side blown, inscribed in pencil, 'Albatross egg, Antipodes Island', in a wood box with old letterhead label from Woodburn, Dalkeith, Nb, inscribed 'Albatross egg D J Scott', 12.5 cm

An exceptional collage of Asian pheasants and partridges, displayed on naturalistic rockwork and foliage with jewel beetles, and comprising a chukar, a male western tragopan, male Himalayan monal, male Blyth's tragopan, two male koklass pheasants and male

A pair of adult peregrine falcons by T. E. Gunn, attending their nest of two eggs on a rocky outcrop, in glazed case. Height 64 cm

New Zealand Colonial glazed diorama of two brown kiwis, North Island complete with egg and mounted on naturalistic base

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