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.
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
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
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