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 trophy hippopotamus lower curved canine tusk, with enamel surface still remaining, large grinding facet near the tip. Outer curvature size 8 cm

A hippopotamus' curved lower canine tusk, removed of its enamel and polished to the ivory surface, the tip with grinding facet. with affixed tag and inscribed inside the cavity associating the tusk with Colonel Boscawen. Outer curvature 36.5 cm

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

A full skull and jaws of an adult hippopotamus, late 19th / early 20th century. Width 43 cm. Depth 66 cm. Height 54 cm

A pygmy hippopotamus trophy head, shield mount. Height 33 cm

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