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 collection of animal tin toys, mostly wind-up, including a Turkey, a turtle friction toy, two waddling ducks, a waddling penguin, and a prancing horse, circa 1940s-50s (6)

A taxidermy sea turtle, early 20th century, 58 cm long

A taxidermy Sea Turtle, 19th century, 70 cm long

A vintage taxidermied sea-turtle, bearing collectors number ex49, 59 cm long, 32 cm wide

Three various turtle mark dolls. All dressed (1 as inspected). Celluloid heads & bodies. Two various girl dolls; & 1 baby.

A taxidermy sea turtle, early 20th century, 44 cm long. NB:

Huge 200 year old deep sea green turtle specimen, 160 cm tall ready to hang with provenace and paper work

A small group of miscellaneous collectibles comprising two carved and etched pearl shells, a small taxidermy turtle, a pair of Chinese brass curtain hooks, a carved jade, a horn scent bottle, a small carved wooden platter, a carved soap stone dish and a Th

Three tortoise shells, 12 cm long, 9.5 cm long, 7.5 cm long, (3)

A green sea turtle (Chelonia Mydas), mid 20th century, with four lateral scutes and the characteristic sunburst pattern on each. Length 57 cm. Width 42 cm

Chinese carved stone turtle ornament, carved turtle on square base with decoration underneath, 19.5 cm high approx.

Groote Eylandt carved canoe. Painted chevron; turtle decoration. Damage to prow. Probably mid 20th century. Length 56 cm

A crocodile skull with a conservation commission of the Northern Territory identification numbers and a taxidermy small turtle skull. Height 41 cm