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 collage of East Australian fauna, displayed on branch perches and rockwork with grasses, with a koala kitten beneath and array of birds, comprising an adult male regent bowerbird, adult crimson rosella, adult male and female Australian King parrot, adult

A collage of African and Asian desert and shore birds by John and Ann Burton of Gloucestershire, perched on rockwork on a sandy base, including two pied kingfishers, two adult collared pratincoles, three adult Pallas sand-grouse, two male and female spotte

A fan display of a laughing kookaburra, the wing and tail feathers arranged around the head, ebonised turned handle, in glazed case. Height 57 cm

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