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 large taxidermied head and neck of an adult East African Masai giraffe. Length 262 cm

African taxidermy male bull giraffe, shoulder mounted, height 3m

A giraffe, neck mount, floor-standing. Height 234 cm

A wonderful African bull giraffe, shoulder mount. Height 237 cm.

An African bull giraffe skin rug. Height 440 cm. Width 302 cm

A magnificent bull giraffe pedestal mount, full head and neck mounted on large pedestal. Height 266 cm

A unique mount of a giraffe bull on a timber pedestal. Height 279 cm

A south african giraffe pedestal mount. Full head and shoulder mount positioned free standing. Origin, Zimbabwe South Africa. Height 200 cm.

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