Bill Cox of Liverpool
Thomas Edward Gunn
H T Shopland
Carl Ethan Akeley
Abraham Dee Bartlett
John James Audubon
H Shaw of Shrewsbury
Mountney of Cardiff
Farren of Cambridge
White of Salisbury
Bazeley of Northampton
Williams of Dublin
Great Auk taxidermy
Swaysland of Brighton
J.A.Cole of Norwich
Lowne of Great Yarmouth
Taxidermy Trade Labels
Stereoviews of Taxidermy
The Great Exhibition of 1851
Countdown to Extinction
Richard Lydekker F.R.S.
How to complete a case
Four Elms Collection
Four Elms Collection II
Ogilvie I Collection
Ogilvie II Collection
Ogilvie III Collection
Taxidermy Trade Labels
Bass Rock Scotland
Taxidermy in America
Taxidermy in America II
Taxidermy in America III
Chicago Natural History Museum
UK Taxidermy Price Index
Limits of Liability
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|Now there are Hutchings collectors and there are Hutchings collectors. This chap is perhaps the largest. These images are just a sample of what is in the collection. Most people do not have 40 cases by Hutchings let alone 44 foxes by one person. Also an additional 33 cases of foxes by other makers, so nearly 100 in total. Add that to the additional 1200 other quality cases and this is quiet a collection. That said we are always interested in buying more of the same. Just click on the Dragon below to see more images.
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New images /information.
The Pennington Collection.
NEWS: Kendal Museum with the assistence of Mr Carl Church are creating The Dodo Exhibition. This exhibition is to run from July until October 2013.
Apparently well worth a visit. Professor Carl G Jones MBE will open the event and hold a talk on the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, the importance of the Dodo in history and recent projects he has worked on to save endangered species. Even Errol Fuller gets a mention!!!!!. What is evident is the absence of..............???. Perhaps the issues of the last year may have had an impact. Anyway, moving on.
Controversial Developments with the public property of Museums being given away (valuable taxidermy by famous naturalists), despite austere economic times and job losses in the public sector.
Following on from the disposal of the Echalaz collection there is now an official enquiry by the Arts Council and a review is ongoing. There is also and additional investigation by the Ethics Committee of the Museums Assocaition to look into whether the disposal of the collections was undertaken in the appropriate fashion. The Arts Council decision is pending and the Museums Association reports back in September 2012 when it has completed it's investigation into why the rules and regulations were not followed. This followed objections from several musuems around the country directly, Natural History Curators around the UK, the media and concerned members of the general public as to the manner of the disposal. Pleae see dedicated page to this issue as detailed below or Google this subject and you can read all about it from the information in the public domain already specific to this issue.
A group of dedicated objectors are now awaiting the decision of the MA and Arts Council. MA's position will be published in September 2012. National Museums Liverpool wanted the collections but were only informed after the decision was made to move the collections from public ownership.
Sadly National Museums Liverpool were not informed with sufficient time to do anything meaningful to retain these collections for the people of Liverpool. They were owned by the people of Liverpool and therefore public property prior to merely being given away and relocated to Essex, where they have no historical importance or relevance and most likely will never been seen again. One or two badly restored cases perhaps.
The Echalaz Bird Collection. Notes on controversial disposal of public property.
If however you wish to complain about public property being given away from or by museums currently and in the future, please then write to the following people.
Mr Mark Taylor is a director of the Museums Association
Mr Alan Davey is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arts Coucil.
Both can be contact by email and both are aware of current views and developments.
Auction at Gorringes Auctioneers, Lewes this week
Stunning Hornbill. You know I would hate to think that the dealers thought this was missed. Strong interest expressed from buyers in North America I am told. Have fun, oh and the easiest way to win this is to keep your hand up.
Stunning mixed case. You know I would hate to think that the dealers thought this was missed. Strong interest expressed from buyers in North America I am told. Have fun and pretty pointless ringing round each other prentending no one will be bidding.
Sporting Auction at Bigwoods Auctioneers, dated March 22nd 2013
Please see link below
Here is a selection of the lot available for purchase.
Decorative pair of Pheasants by Henry Shaw
Badgers head by Barry Williams
Peter Spicer Fox mask
Grayling by John Cooper
New Taxidermy book by Alexis Turner, to be launched in May this year. Having spoken to Alexis today there has been a fantastic response to this punblication even prior to launch. How many books can be written on this subject??????. It appears still more to come. This book has got the balance right being image rich (over 300 images to peruse) and of superb quality which is reflected in some 30,000 copies already been reserved. Another example of how to do a publication properly. Add that to the 57,000 sold by Errol Fuller and well................
Not strictly taxidermy but, worthy of note from authorities in this field. Errol Fuller and Sir David Attenborough. From the moment Europeans were introduced to the birds of paradise in the early sixteenth century, their unique beauty was recognized and commemorated in the first name that they were given - birds so beautiful they must be from paradise. Originally they were thought not to have legs and therefore never to land. It is also refreshing to read a well research and beautifully presented piece of work. Available on-line and also from quality bookstores. Errol Fuller, perhaps the UK's authority on victorian natural history and victorian taxidermy, has a global reputation for his books on extinction and extinct species, as well as an artist and collector of natural history material. He is passionate about the Birds of Paradise. Also in terms of co-authour it doesn't get better than Mr Attenborough does it?. Certainly a cut above the rest.
Attractive dome of Hummingbirds by Ashmead of London.
Not strictly taxidermy but these are blanks that form the eggs by the UK's finest egg reproducer. Each egg is accurate in terms of size shape and markings.
Not strictly taxidermy but these are blanks that form the eggs by the UK's finest egg reproducer. Each egg is accurate in terms of size shape and markings. The blanks above are then turned into these. If you examine the blanks closely enough you will see the ones used to make these wading bird reproductions.
Interesting piece of social history. I'll let you read this one.
This case of Kestrel by Peter Spicer made £1600 at auction this week, further enforcing the belief that prices continue to fall.
Completed Puffin Case. Superb modern taxidermy.
Mandarin Duck Drake. Superb modern taxidermy.
Nightjar by J.A.Cole of Norwich.
Sandlings by TE Gunn of Norwich.
"Emma", the mascot Chimpanzee, by William Farren of Cambridge.
Interesting document detailing the death of John Duncan aged 71.
Painting by one of finest victoriann taxidermists John Duncan. This depicts an Osprey. This image was provide by a relative of the Duncan family in Newcastle.
Reproduction Little Tern eggs by the finest exponent of this craft.
Hooded Merganser chicks that did not make it out of the incubator.
Bleak dated 1891 by Gibson of London. This fish is for sale by a private collector. Should anyone wish to purchase it then email in and we will pass the contact details on. There are already offers in the region of £2,000 for the item just to let you know.
Barbel, late fish by Griggs who owned John Cooper's at the time.
Bright and colourful firescreen by William Thompson of Chester. If annyone has in-depth knowledge of this taxidermist then please get in touch.
Bitterns by unknown taxidermist. Could be the work of TE Gunn but unclear. Norfolk influenced case all the same.
You'd be dissapointed if you found this in a skip.
Nuthatch by yours truly. Mauled by a cat, lots of work required to get right but turned out OK.
Now if you wish to see Toucans done properly with the right animation then look no further. For the best taxidermy you have to look overseas these days.
Nice decorative display of Scarlet Ibis, perhaps the finest examples of the ones we have seen in the UK. Mounted by a gifted soul, that's if you can get him motivated.
Victorian female Merlin in pictureframe case. This case is very much in the style of Shelbrook of Brignorth.
For those with an interest in small birds, here is a case of Black Redstarts.
Stunning pair of Black Grouse by Hibbs of Ollerton.
A new page dedicated to the work of Frederick Ernest Gunn has been launched. This collection is housed at the Haslemere Museum
House Sparrows in detail by FE Gunn.
Case drawings by FM Ogilvie from his personal collection of British Birds. Here is a Red Necked Grebe. This images shows a subtle use of colour also. For a more comprehensive review of his drawings then have a look at the page dedicated to this. We have all the case drawings, notes and correspondence, but suggest that you visit the museum where the collection is housed.
This has to be perhaps the finest Arctic Fox display we have seen. Less is indeed more.
Polecats by H Brazenor of Stockport. Used to think this was a fake, despite paying a hugue sum for it. You know the expression, too good to be true???. Limited fading of the mustelids by example?. That said until reported by Morris in latest book (2010) that said person actually took breath. Case is rather delightful and pleased to confirm that Mr Brazenore did exist by Morris. Case not for sale so "cost" is pretty irrelevant. Never have been able to take a decent image of it.
Following a theme of extinction at the moment, here is a male Labrador duck. Few examples of these ducks exist. Good example of a species eaten into extinction.
Pat Morris's book entitled simply " A History of Taxidermy"
Was launched yesterday by Mike Gadd on his new website, please see this link. Competitively priced although higher on other websites we note. Order your copy now, by following this link in your web-browser and view the flyer and purchase a book.
Historical Taxidermy book for sale by Pat Morris.
" A History of Taxidermy". This book is available now to purchase, following a conversation with Mike today. Just follow the link and order away so to speak, you will not be dissapointed. Just follow the link above and order direct from the author. The link on Mike's website goes striaght to Mr Morris for instant dispatch.
Modern Merganser chick.
We have noticed another "rash" of items appearing from "sadly" broken cases. Clearly people have slippery / greasy little fingers (don't people wash these days). To that end and always as part of the service we have enclosed a useful images that shows the correct way to lift boxes or cases (LOL) as a way to ensure these accidents don't occur.
Latest 68 modern and historical taxidermy pages within this site
Updated this week items on the new to the site, front page and UK price index, which has not been touched for a while.
Museum Style cases.
Herring Gull Chicks.
Spicer Whooper Swan
TE Gunn II.
Additional 76 Featured Historical Taxidermy pages within this site from the 183 pages packed within information on this subject making it the most comprehensive globally.
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