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 Colobus monkey pelt rug, circular, formed of seventy-two pelts sewn together to show off the natural markings of the pelts in a concentric design. Diameter 300 cm

A full mount taxidermy baboon. Height 80 cm. Length 100 cm. Diameter 50 cm

A small freestanding taxidermy monkey with glass eyes and original large teeth. Height 40 cm.

A fully mounted life size primate, naturalistically seated on a branch, length 69 height 29.

The Barber's Shop, an amusing Edwardian or late Victorian display depicting macaques barbering two domestic cats, whilst a third baboon reads the paper in the corner, within a fitted shop interior, in a gilt-lined architectural oak cabinet on stand, 76 cm

A curious Victorian monkey skeleton, most likely a rhesus macaque, modelled seated in an armchair, together with a custom made rosewood cabinet. Height 63 cm

An uncased black and white colobus monkey, displayed sitting on a branch. Height 87 cm

A fine pair of adult male and female lammergeiers by white of Salisbury, c. 1895, standing on rockwork feeding perches with monkey skull below, in an ebonised three glass case, interesting label behind detailing the circumstances around their collection in