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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A large North American Mountain Goat head and shoulder mount, ears raised, glass eyes, oval ebonised back board.

A taxidermy goats head, 20th century. 36 cm high

A good taxidermy shoulder mount mouflon, a sub-species group of wild sheep, dark red/brown coat with long hair to the throat and chest area, this mature ram with ridged horns curved almost in one full revolution, glass eyes, shaped oak wall mounting backin

A rams skull and a pair of goats horns. Ram 52 cm wide

A taxidermied mountain goat the standing animal mounted on a naturalistic base, 161 cm high

An Arapawa sheep ram head mount, the long knotted fleece of mid brown tonings with white highlights, mottled white and black head colouring, spiralling horns, a good example

A good Arapawa sheep ram taxidermy shoulder mount, the mid-brown knotted fleece with white tinged ends, dark brown/black head toning, spiralling horns, well modelled.

A feral goat skull and horns with Euro shield, metal wall bracket mount.

A feral goat taxidermy head mount, dark brown/black tonings, head turned to the left.

An Arapawa sheep ram, tightly knotted dark brown wool, black head and spiralling horns.

A white merino sheep taxidermy head mount, long fleece, traditional spiralling horns.

An Arapawa sheep ram head mount, the long knotted fleece of mid brown tonings with white highlights, mottled white and black head colouring, spiralling horns, a good example.

A black feral goat taxidermy shoulder mount, impressive large spiralling horns, dark colouring with pronounced beard.

Two pairs of large wall mounted ibex horns, approx. 136 cm high overall (4 items)

A taxidermied white goat, approx. 100 cm high and 85 cm wide. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

Aldo Turo, Milano, Italy, rare and beautiful twin pedestal dining table in lacquered goat skin, the rectangular top supported by two oval shaped pedestals. original makers label on each pedestal, circa 1970. Length 200 cm. Width 100 cm

Large Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 440. Width 61 cm

Medium Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 390. Width 55 cm

Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 30 cm. Width 48 cm

Tahr horns, inscribed 'Shot Murchison 1963', 25 x 12 cm

A full body taxidermy mount of an adult male thar, he stands with head turned to the left, well developed horns, long winter coat and glass eyes. He stands on a modelled rocky type base. Total height 136 cm length 133 cm

An early 20th century taxidermy serow head, a Japanese animal of goat/antelope like appearance, mounted with horns, ears to attention, glass eyes, etc

An early 20th century taxidermy goral head, a goat/antelope-like animal, ears to attention, short horns. glass eyes, mounted on mahogany shield back with metal fitting and original label for 'Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore'

A goat, full-body mount, standing on a simulated rocky base. Height 124 cm. (overall) Width 102 cm. Depth 45 cm

A taxidermied shoulder mount of a thar, with a lush winter coat. Depth from wall 670

A Dall sheep shoulder mount the shoulder mount itself is 74 cm deep and the horns are 76 cm along the leading edge and 58 cm wide

A pair of large goat horns, mounted on a shield. Length 96 cm

A large pair of goat horns, mounted on a shield. Length 69 cm. Length 71 cm

A long haired thar specimen, mounted on naturalistic snow base. Height 120 cm. Width 130 cm. Depth 33 cm

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