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.
A pair of cased taxidermy kiwi birds, one with head held high, the other held down, mid-brown plumage, displayed together in a later mahogany framed and glazed case with opening door to the back. Some feather loss to back of one and paint adhered to back o
A taxidermied North Island brown kiwi with partial albino effects to its plumage, standing with beak down on a rough sawn branch section base, the attached plaque printed with 'Wildlife Service Specimen Reg. No. 96'
A vintage taxidermy full kiwi, in kauri framed and glazed cabinet with various dried ferns, N.Z. giant land snail shells, driftwood, etc. to the base, standing with head slightly turned to the left. Case size 49 cm x 28.5 cm x 45.5 cm
An early Colonial taxidermy case of New Zealand birds consisting of a brown kiwi kakapo kakariki and tui, the case of birds is ex collection of George Abercrombie Curator of the Auckland Acclimatisation Society founded in 1861 and dissolved with the conten
A trio of Antipodean birds, comprising a rare kakapo on rockwork, a rainbow lorikeet on a twig perch and a lesser spotted kiwi foraging on the ground, in an architectural three glass case. Height 183 cm
Two kiwi displays, comprising an adult northern brown kiwi on raised mossy mound and in architectural mahogany three glass case, and a pale morph of an adult lesser spotted kiwi on a grassy undulating base and in a five glass case
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