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 mid-20th century East African period ivory tusk on a carved stand, 75 cm long

A vintage elephant ivory tusk, early 20th century, Provenance: Estate of a lady, South Africa; accompanied by a statutory declaration, length 75 cm

A pair of antique ivory tusks on Anglo Indian ebony stands, 19th century, the Indian elephant tusks with silver collars upon lotus shaped and relief carved supports to shaped triangular bases with outswept tripod legs and whorl feet, height 84 cm

A significant pair of Rhodesian elephant tusks, 1972, Matabeleland Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), with certification and timber cradles, the nineteen and seventeen pound brass capped tusks, with Certificate of Ownership, inscribed registration and serial numbers of

A vintage elephant foot stool, circa 1930, the elephant foot with a mahogany seat, a trophy piece shot by members of the Younger family of Melbourne while on a Kenyan safari, with associated photograph and newspaper article in the 'Herald', 22nd January 19

A pair of long slender elephant tusks, mounted on a mahogany plinth to form an arch. Outer curvature approximately 87 cm

Pair of large ivory tusks with mount stand, early 20th century (with later stand), tusk Lengths 126 cm (approx.), stand height 47 cm

Large ivory tusk plain form, brass mounted cap & stand, griffin scroll on elephant mask feet, 101 cm overall high

An uncarved elephant tusk on stand, of good uniform colour and polish. 3050gms. Outer curvature 88 cm diameter 24.5 cm

An Edwardian ivory tusk glass and brass mounted dish, of oval form with bevelled glass base, 16.5 cm width

A large African ivory tusk vase, purchased in Zimbabwe 1970, modelled with procession of animals in a forest, mounted on timber stand, 32 cm high

Impressive pair of old African ivory elephant tusks, weighting approx 20 Kgs each. Approx 159 cm & 152 cm long (2) Imported with the current vendors family pre CITES.

A large Narwhal tusk, first half 20th century, 220 cm high

A warthog skull and tusk mounted on rimu shield, large size.

An impressive large black wild pig head mount, open mouth displaying teeth and tusk, a fine example.

An elephant ivory tusk, 19th century. Length 69 cm

A pair of small old elephant tusks, collected by our vendor's father in Kenya in the 1950s. Exterior curvature approx. 57 cm. Total weight 2.1kgs.

An elephant tusk, early to mid 20th century, the Loxodonta Africana or Elephas Maximus tusk in its natural form and polished, with an ivory cap to the broader end. Length 81 cm

A pair of extremely large elephant tusks, good uniformity of size and colour, with a total weight of approx. 24kgs, an outer curvature of approx. 1650 mm,ea. and maximum girth of 34 cm

A pair of trophy elephant tusks, mounted individually on wooden backs, outer curvatures 64.5 cmand 67 cm

An old ivory elephant tusk, with age cracking and patina, with impressed game park numbers. Weight 13 kilos, length approx. 120 cm.

Antique elephant ivory tooth (Molar), circa early 1800s. Diameter 8 x 8 cm weight 189gm

An old ivory elephant tusk, with age cracking and patina, with impressed game park numbers. Weight 13 kilos, length approx. 120 cm

A large old ivory elephant tusk, with old ink stencil notations of measurements, game park numbers and 'City of Durban' to one end. Weight 12 kilos. Length 132 cm

A simulated ivory resin tusk decorated with figural scene to one side, wooden stand, 74 cm long

Pair of carved ivory elephant tusks, decorated with figures, animals and entwined snakes, each butt end mounted with sterling silver and a suspension ring. 59 cm long

Ivory elephants tusk on a mounted stand. Height 2.2m, weight 32.5kg