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 rare Hermannsburg kangaroo skin rug, only two other examples of its kind have been recorded which now reside in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney & the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. Original Hermannsberg Mission label on reverse and in excellent con

Kangaroo Skin Rug; group of 15 pelts sewn together & felt backed in green, late 19th to early 20th century. 170 x 153 cm

A pair of Bullock horns with incised and Inked decoration, each depicted with scenes of horsemen and hounds in pursuit of kangaroo and emu, approximately 37 cm wide

A mixed group of mammalian taxidermy, comprising a rare Australian marsupial mole with mouse by Hart & Sons of Christchurch, a guenon in a three glass case, a pair of stoats in a five glass wall frame case attributed to Bazeley, a long-eared bat in a box c

A group of six old skeletal displays, including coiled python, kangaroo, flamingo, hornbill, barn owl with mouse in its beak under a dome, and rabbit in a mahogany case, python. Height 80 cm

Two uncased displays of a chimpanzee and red-necked wallaby, the chimpanzee a head and arms mount, the wallaby standing on a rockwork base, 50 cm and. Height 106 cm

A tammar wallaby seated crouching amongst rockwork and grasses in three glass case. Height 49 cm

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