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.
39 item(s) found:

These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

Two pairs of large wall mounted ibex horns, approx. 136 cm high overall (4 items)

A taxidermied white goat, approx. 100 cm high and 85 cm wide. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

Aldo Turo, Milano, Italy, rare and beautiful twin pedestal dining table in lacquered goat skin, the rectangular top supported by two oval shaped pedestals. original makers label on each pedestal, circa 1970. Length 200 cm. Width 100 cm

Large Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 440. Width 61 cm

Medium Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 390. Width 55 cm

Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 30 cm. Width 48 cm

Tahr horns, inscribed 'Shot Murchison 1963', 25 x 12 cm

A full body taxidermy mount of an adult male thar, he stands with head turned to the left, well developed horns, long winter coat and glass eyes. He stands on a modelled rocky type base. Total height 136 cm length 133 cm

An early 20th century taxidermy serow head, a Japanese animal of goat/antelope like appearance, mounted with horns, ears to attention, glass eyes, etc

An early 20th century taxidermy goral head, a goat/antelope-like animal, ears to attention, short horns. glass eyes, mounted on mahogany shield back with metal fitting and original label for 'Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore'

A goat, full-body mount, standing on a simulated rocky base. Height 124 cm. (overall) Width 102 cm. Depth 45 cm

A taxidermied shoulder mount of a thar, with a lush winter coat. Depth from wall 670

A Dall sheep shoulder mount the shoulder mount itself is 74 cm deep and the horns are 76 cm along the leading edge and 58 cm wide

A pair of large goat horns, mounted on a shield. Length 96 cm

A large pair of goat horns, mounted on a shield. Length 69 cm. Length 71 cm

A long haired thar specimen, mounted on naturalistic snow base. Height 120 cm. Width 130 cm. Depth 33 cm

A life-size mount of a rocky mountain goat from North America, on a simulated habitat base of rock and snow height 135 cm. Length 135 cm

A life-size mount of a Southern Impala Ram, in a walking position on a natural habitat base Lenght 142 cm, Height 140 cm

A merino sheep trophy head, with long spiral horns, shoulder mount. Height 60 cm. Width 61 cm

A rare Russian Tur shoulder mount, head turning to the left, fading and rubbing to hair. Height 83 cm. Depth 54 cm

A fully mounted long haired adult Tahr, standing on all fours with head raised, mounted on a naturalistic base, 124 cm length,138 cm height

A taxidermy thar head on wooden shield wall mount, height 64 cm

A taxidermy thar head on wooden shield wall mount, height 60 cm

A standing Himalayan tahr upon frosty rockwork base, uncased 125 cm x 136 cm

A taxidermy kid, note: some age faults length 45 cm

A late 19th century taxidermied polar bear, the head fully intact in excellent condition together with a scaled size rug in sheep skin with fitted polar bear claws

A set of mountain sheep horns, unmounted. Tips width 61.5 cm

A mounted set of buck goat trophy horns attached to the part skull and on a small wooden shield. Tips widest 61 cm

A mounted set of buck goat trophy horns lacquered and with applied white pelt section, on a wooden shield. Tips widest 56 cm

An unmounted set of goat trophy horns attached to the part skull. Tips widest 50.5 cm

An unmounted set of buck goat trophy horns attached to a part upper skull. Tips widest 55.3 cm

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