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 head of a Cape buffalo, glass eyes, shield mounted backing board.

Timber mounted bull water buffalo horns (Bubalus Bubalis), width 81 cm

A pair of buffalo horns decorated with Australian animals and Aboriginal motifs, late 19th century, 54 cm

A pair of 19th century portrait engraved buffalo horns, each horn with a woman above two girls, all in period dress including hats, bows and lace trim, finely detailed and stained in black, mounted with velvet centre on later backing board.

Buffalo skull, Ex Desmond Barnes collection. Approx 64 cm x 36 cm

Buffalo skull mounted, Ex Desmond Barnes collection, approx 66 cm wide, 40 cm high

Pair of mounted water buffalo horns on blackwood shield shaped mount. 104 cm.

North American bison, shoulder mount, 1.1m tall

An intricately carved buffalo skull featuring Hindi Buddha complete with polished horns, approx 76 cm high, 72 cm wide

A Water Buffalo skull & horns of impressive proportions approximately, 120 cm span

Large Northern Territory set of water buffalo horns, 1.2 metre wide

Water buffalo horns, 1.1 metres mounted on shield

Taxidermy Northern Territory water buffalo, shoulder mount

A large and impressive taxidermy head mount of a Cape buffalo

Two pairs of wall mounting double buffalo horns, 105 cm wide and 90 cm wide

An American buffalo taxidermy head mount, natural dark woolly coat, blackened horns, glass eyes. Depth 56 cm maximum width 60 cm

A taxidermy bison head, woolly winter coat, typical black horns, mounted with glass eyes

A mounted set of African buffalo horns, mounted with a retained section of the skull on a hardwood wall-hanging plaque, taken in Southern Rhodesia in 1973 (according to an inscription to the back of the plaque). Height 34 cm. Width 92 cm. Depth 26 cm

An impressive male American buffalo (bison) taxidermied head with full winter coat, his horns blackened, glass eyes. 6.2 x 5.8 x 7.3 cm

A bison, shoulder mount. Height 75 cm. Width 46 cm. Depth 85 cm

An Asian water buffalo, trophy shoulder mount. Height 97 cm

A Zimbabwe cape buffalo, trophy shoulder mount. Height 120 cm

Asiatic water buffalo, trophy shoulder mount. Height 83 cm. Width 115 cm. Depth 105 cm

A pair of Australian water buffalo horns. Length 152 cm

A set of mounted buffalo horns, 1968, labelled Kenya 1968.105 cm wide and shield approx 46 cm high

A superb Canadian musk ox bull shoulder mount, in winter condition. Height 80 cm. Depth 71 cm

A rare full size mount of a bull Canadian musk ox, in a defensive pose on a simulated base of rock and snow. Height 150cm longenght 170

A cape buffalo shoulder mount from Zimbabwe, good colour and condition. Height 100 cm. Depth 110 cm

A large Asiatic water buffalo bull shoulder mount, turning slightly to the right in a droop position with fine hair and in good condition horn spread 95 cm. Height 92 cm. Depth 90 cm

An Asiatic water buffalo shoulder mount, in a drooping position. Horn spread 110 cm. Height 95 cm. Depth 110 cm