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.

Hawthorn: taxidermy hawk, in wonderful pose on branch with wings extended, 56 cm tall, 73 cm wingspan

Finely carved cows head, polished horns, with fitted light, dragon and eagle motif, approx 44 cm high, 55 cm wide, 22 cm deep

Antique European sparrow hawk specimen mounted on log, 28 cm high

Antique taxidermy large European hawk specimen mounted on a log. 35 cm high

Antique golden eagle, circa 1950, 5ft wing span, open in hooded position, mounted on log

A European hawk, on naturalistic stand. Height 35 cm

Six juvenile owl displays comprising a barn owl chick in case, a snowy owl fledgling under dome, possibly an eagle owl fledgling under dome, a pair of long eared owl chicks under broad dome, and another two owl juveniles of unknown identity, one in five gl

A group of five great owls, comprising a snowy owl on rockwork perch, a spotted wood owl on truncated perch under glass dome, two cape eagle owls, one on a mossy perch under glass dome, the other with wings outstretched on a gnarled perch, and a great horn

Four bird of prey displays, comprising a Eurasian buzzard with leveret prey in its talons, a young peregrine falcon on mossy bark perch, a kestrel and tawny owl both perched on a branch, and an adult gyr falcon on mossy perch, largest 70 cm

A cape eagle owl, with leveret prey in one talon, standing on a stump perch amid lichen and moss, in five glass case. Height 67 cm

An adult bald eagle, standing on a branch perch over its pine-twig nest which contains a pair of eaglets and the skull of a rodent. Height 90 cm

An adult European honey buzzard by Leadbetter & Co. Of London, standing on its blackbird prey on lichen and mossy base, in three glass case. Height 56 cm

Four owl displays comprising a northern hawk owl on perch with fungus in three glass corner cabinet, a pearl-spotted owlet on perch, a southern white-faced owl on perch under glass dome, and two other small owls under a glass dome, largest 73 cm

A changeable hawk eagle, standing on gnarled wood perch issuing grass, in a five glass case. Height 57 cm

A greater spotted eagle by John Leadbeater, standing on a mossy rockwork perch with wings spread. Height 95 cm

A fine Eurasian eagle owl seated on a branch hunting perch amid deciduous flora, in gilt-lined glazed case. Height 141 cm

An adult African fish eagle, standing on a rockwork perch, under glass dome. Height 80 cm

An adult greater spotted eagle, standing on a seaweed-covered rockwork perch with salmon prey in one talon, in a five glass case. Height 84 cm