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.
6 item(s) found:

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

Extinct Moa (New Zealand) foot bones, together with photograph & letter dated 1939

A moa jaw bone and a collection of tracheal ring and claw bones.

A collection of approximately 25 moa rib bones and bone parts.

Extinct Moa (New Zealand) foot bones, together with photograph & letter dated 1939

A rare complete moa foot, including tibia and metatarsal (foot) bones with three toes, each of three connecting bones, held together with wire. Height 20 cm. Length 15 cm. note. Moa became extinct by about A.D. 1400

A rare Moa foot, of large proportions with a central body and three attached claws, the 'Heavy-footed Moa', pachyornis elephantopus, was only found on the South Island. Dry patina. Height 24 cm. Length 35 cm. Depth 25 cm