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.

An Australian 49 pelt platypus skin rug. 132 x 155 cm. This rug was acquired by the vendor from John Bovill, now deceased, in 1997. The rug had been in Mr Bovill's family, residents of Tasmania, since the pelts were collected in the late 19th and early 20t

Taxidermied Platypus, early 20th century. With facsimile hand written note 'To the grandchild who should be intrusted. This was stuffed & mounted by your Great Grandfather Carmelo Mastorana. Year about 1912 (or there about) Australian Platypus or Ornithory

An early Australian platypus rug of 56 pelts, the animals taken from the Namoi River at Manilla, Northern New South Wales, circa 1900, overall 183 x 162 cm, the pelts backed on brown felt

Taxidermied Platypus: Late 19th century to Early 20th century mounted on kauri pine & papier mache base. Platypus length 54 cm. Rare

An early Australian platypus rug, 19th century, 32 pelts, 125 cm x 95 cm pelts, 134 cm x 104 cm felt

A possum blanket, comprising twenty six skins, together with a platypus blanket, comprising fifty two skins. Height 14 cm

A male platypus, lying on a mossy plinth showing hind spurs, in a five glass mahogany case containing old label inscribed, '.Duckbilled platypus of New South Wales.'. Height 20 cm

A female platypus and her pup beside a pool, in architectural mahogany three glass case. Height 36 cm

An adult male platypus lying on a rock above a pool amid grasses and foliage, in a three glass case. Height 34 cm

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