William.Frederick. Homer, Fish Taxidermy


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W.F.Homer of Forest Gate East London.

This company, well essentially asole practitioner was perhaps, like John Cooper one of the finest fish taxidermists of the Victorian / Edwardian era. Unlike John Cooper however very little is known about this person, but clearly his work from an historical perspective speaks for itself. Fish was essentially the stock in trade but we have seen examples of birds and mammals, although these were less produced. The birds that we have seen however are superior to the rather "stiff" birds produced by John Cooper & sons.
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European Common Carp by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Victorian Goldfinch by Homer of Forest Gate, better known for his fish taxidermy.

The cases that are more sought after these days are nearly always bowed in nature. 2mm float glass was employed to shown the specimen off in the best possible way and to also give a greater impression of water in the case. Other firms who undertook fish taxidermy, were Rowland Ward, Peter Spicer, FW Anstiss, Williams of Dublin, Saunders, W Barnes and of course Griggs. Typically British Course fish and game fish were mounted to meet that specialist niche requirement and fish most commonly found are Pike, Trout, Bream, Tench, Roach, Rudd and Perch. Rarer fish such as Arctic Char, Bleak and Salmon were produced but these it appears were not the norm. However he is regarded as one of the best historical taxidermist in England.
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Dace by Homer of London
We are assuming that more information will appear on the life and work of Homer when Barry Williams, who specialises in fish taxidermy also completes his book on John Cooper.
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Victorian label by Homer.


One reason for fish cases standing the test of time is that they suffer less from insect attack as cased birds and mammals do. Wood worm and museum beetle can affect the cases in a similar way to antique furniture.

Cases can be restored but it is recommended that you do not destroy the glass in the restoration process as this is the most expensive part of the case to replace and it will detract from it originality especially if the front glass contained writing with gold leaf denoting the specie, date and place of capture.
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Chub by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Barbel, by Homer.

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Tantalising insight into a small part of this private collection. Clearly another serious collector.

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Trout dated 1954 by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Chub by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Perch by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Chub by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Chub by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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European Barn Owl by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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European Barn Owl by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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European Kingfisher by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Trade label by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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European Collard Dove by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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European Collard Dove by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Data label by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Stunning case of Roach by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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European Common Carp by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Record Trout by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Carp by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Tench by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Roach by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Chub by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Bream by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Perch by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Roach by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Trout by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Roach by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Trout by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Pair of Common Carp by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Pair of Pike by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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European Common Carp by WF Homer of London.

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European Pike by WF Homer.

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European Common Carp by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Carp by Homer

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Barbel by Homer

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Perch by Homer

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Pricelist by Homer

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Pike by Homer of Forest Gate, London.

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Roach Grouping by Homer.

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Chub by Homer

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Perch by Homer

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Tench by Homer

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Label by Homer of Forest Gate.

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Chub by Homer of London

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Victorian chub by Homer.


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Perch by Homer.

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Roach by Homer of London. Many thanks for the image Raymond.


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Taxidermied Roach likely to be by Homer.

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