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 pair of Wildebeest mounted horns, Tanzania, early to mid 20th century. 59 cm

South African taxidermy springbok, shoulder mount

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

A South African Sassaby (Damaliscus Lunatus), a right turn shoulder mounted taxidermic specimen. Height 85 cm. Width 35 cm. Depth 58 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 magnificent African black wildebeest shoulder mount horns 45 cm, long and 28 cm, wide

A black springbok antelope shoulder mount from South Africa. Depth 38 cm. Height 68 cm

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

A common African Reedbuck antelope, the shoulder mount with fine horns, good condition. Height 80 cm. Depth 45 cm

A black springbok antelope shoulder mount from South Africa. Height 72 cm. Depth 45

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

A life-size mount of a standing Springbok antelope from Southern Africa, on a habitat base. Height 127 cm, base 115 cm

A common Reedbuck antelope shoulder mount from Southern Africa. Height 80 cm. Depth 50 cm

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

A springbok antelope shoulder mount from South Africa. Height 65 cm. Depth 52 cm

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