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 stuffed African Pied Hornbill, in a three glass case with timber plinth and top, good condition. Height 47 cm

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

A collage of male hornbills and song birds, perched amid foliage on a stony base, and including an oriental pied hornbill, a great hornbill and a Papuan hornbill, a yellow-rumped widow bird and a golden-fronted leaf bird, in glazed case. Height 97 cm

Five large uncased birds, comprising a female great bustard on log slice, a great Indian bustard, a lesser flamingo, a black-casqued hornbill on a perch and an Australian raven on a branch, largest. Height 84 cm

A display of three hornbills, comprising a pair of helmeted hornbills perched above a Papuan hornbill below, in five glass bamboo case. Height 167 cm

Two uncased bird displays comprising a red-legged seriema and female northern ground hornbill, both on gnarled wood perches, both about. Height 74 cm

An adult red-billed hornbill, standing above its branch hollow nest, in gilt-lined glazed case. Height 74 cm

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