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 African blue Wildebeest (Connochaetest Taurinus), a right turn shoulder mounted taxidermic specimen. Height 73 cm. Width 67 cm. Depth 73 cm

A taxidermy black wildebeest head, a shoulder mount, this unusual animal still with long ridge of fur to its nose and chin, ears pointed down, horns with a pronounced curve, brown/black tonings. Depth from wall to nose 76 cm

A Wildebeest skin rug, with mane and tail, length 244 cm (including tail) width 156 cm

A magnificent African black wildebeest shoulder mount horns 45 cm, long and 28 cm, wide

A blue brindled Gnu shoulder mount from Southern Africa, good condition. Depth 69 cm x. Height 55 cm

A good Bule Wildebeest shoulder mount from Africa. Height 100 cm. Depth 70 cm

A black Wildebeest or Gnu shoulder mount from Southern Africa, with fine horns, good condition. Height 77 cm. Depth 75 cm