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.
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A taxidermy shoulder mount of a Grant's gazelle, the horns spiking forward, glass eyes, the shield backing board with engraved animal's name.

A New Zealand sika stag taxidermy trophy head mount.

A chamois taxidermy trophy head mount, by O'Rouke's Taxidermy Services.

An Impala shoulder mount (Aepyceros Melampus), country of origin: Zimbabwe, length 87 cm, depth 65 cm

Timber mounted Impala horns (Aepyceros Melampus), country of origin: Zimbabwe, height 53.5 cm, width 31.5 cm, depth 35 cm

A Bushbuck shoulder mount (Tragelaphus Scriptus), country of origin: Zimbabwe, length 84 cm, depth 42 cm

A Blesbok shoulder mount (Damaliscus Pygargus Phillipsi), country of origin: Zimbabwe, length 82 cm, depth 53 cm

An African Oryx skull with horns, early 20th century, 86 cm high, 41 cm wide, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A taxidermy fallow stag head and shoulder mount, the large horns with traditional webbed sections, rimu shield backing mount.

A large taxidermy red deer stag head mount, 'Monarch of the Glen', 12-point antlers, width of spread 77 cm. Mounted with rimu shield backing.

A set of extinct Irish elk horns and skull, measuring 3.2m across; the impressive horns with some old damage and restoration, pin fittings to the skull. Note: For the greater part of the 20th century these horns have been in the possession of Major Robert

A taxidermy sable antelope, head and shoulder taxidermy mount, head turned to the right, ears forward, traditional long pronounced ridge horns.

A set of hartebeest horns, by Edward Gerrard, London. Mounted.

A set of hartebeest horns, by Edward Gerrard, London. Mounted.

A set of hartebeest horns, by Edward Gerrard, London. Mounted.

An exceptional Fiordland Wapiti stag taxidermy head and shoulder mount, the twelve point antlers of good even spread, maximum width 103 cm, fitted to an oval backing board. Provenance: From the collection of E.J. Schofield of Auckland, founder of the epony

A large French mounted pair of eland horns, 19th century, 116 cm high

A deer antler hunting trophy, mounted on oak shield, 64 cm high

A Pronghorn Antelope head and shoulder taxidermy mount, inward curving horns. Note these horns have densely packed hairs similar to that of the rhinoceros.

Chamois horns mounted on a wooden shield, approx 19 cm high

19th century taxidermy of a baby fawn resting on a timber base

Gazelle skull and horns, Ex Desmond Barnes collection. Approx 77 cm long

Large sable antelope, mounted horns, Ex Desmond Barnes Estate, approx 60 cm long

Impala mounted horns, Ex Desmond Barnes collection, approx 50 cm long

Old young deer taxidermy head, mounted on shaped oak back board

An impressive set of 7 point deer antlers with skull mounted on board. Approximately 110 cm high, 90 cm wide

A pair of mounted Roan Antelope horns, Tanzania, mid 20th century

A pair of mounted Eland Antelope horns (largest of the African antelopes), mid 20th century. Approximately 80 cm high

A pair of mounted Stag horns, 20th century. Approximately 60 cm high, 90 cm wide