Taxidermy Mammals


We get asked to recommend Mammal Taxidermistís and Taxidermy Resources by our friends, we now include below a list of those we have had favourable feedback on this is not a complete list, if you don't find what your looking for then please feel free to contact us. If you also wish to link to us then your taxidermy information shall only be placed in the appropriate class.

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North American trophy room of relatively modern mounts, likely to be the work of Jonas Brothers of Denver, Colorado. Many thanks for the use of the image Martin. I,like you, am enjoying the "pig sticking" to use an historic turn of phrase. Many thanks.

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Black Rhino by James L Clark. This animal is for sale and if interested then make some expressions of interest and we will put you in touch with the owner. This is a fully documented animal.

Some information on Clark.

In 1902,James L.Clark(1883-1969)was personally introduced to Carl Akeley by Dr.Herman Bumpus, then director of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Mr. Clark was an acomplished sculptor already but knew little of Mr.Akeley's methods. Privately taught by Mr. Akeley in Chicago's Feild Museum on a lifesize white tail doe, Mr. Clark was sent back to Dr.Bumpus as an aspiring sculptor taxidermist. Early in his museum career during 1908, Mr.Clark took leave from his work to serve as taxidermist and back up man on safari for world famous wildlife photographer A. Radclyffe Dugmore. Fourteen months later, in 1910, Mr. Clark opened his first commercial studio on Whitlock Ave., in Bronx, NY.
There he was commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt to mount many of his personal African trophies as well as the lifesize animals which would be on display in the National Museum in Washington DC. It was in 1912 when Mr.Clark sculpted a black rhino in only 2 days that he had cast in bronze. This rhino was to serve as the studio logo on all reciepts, letterheads and even the embroidered label that was recently found on the bear skin rug acquired by a reader of this forum. Years later, not only did Mr. Clark mount hundreds of museum pieces for several institutions as well as for a healthy clientele of average sportsmen, he had the Old Man himself, Carl Akeley, share a portion of the studios to mount his contractual museum mounts. Oh to be there in those rooms with a video camera or casette recorder! The Clark Studios is where Mr. Akeley invented the ever popular in its day Akeley Camera in which Mr. Clark was an active participant in its manufacture and distribution. In 1922, Professor Henry F. Osborne, president of the American Museum of Natural History, asked Mr. Clark to spearhead all taxidermy projects in the department of preparations and exhibits. Mr. Calrk accepted but only after he returned from another lenghty safari into Africa with his new bride Sally. It was agreed. Expeditions took an enormous amount of time and toll of Mr.Clark's health. Considering that he was held captive by Mongols and tortured in their camps during the 1927 Asian Expedition, it was little wonder why Mr. Clark often thought of his own demise in the saddle so to speak as was his predessor's fate, Carl Akeley on Mount Mikeno in 1926. Between museum and commercial work, the studios grew to larger quarters on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. It was here where other luminaries of our industry began their careers. There was John Hansen, John Schneider, Dominick Villa, Toshio Asaida, Sinclair Clark(no relation), just to name a few. Finally in 1941, Mr.Clark reluctantly closed the studios due to the facts that first he lost so many young men to the armed forces and travel to Africa was no longer permitted by the State Department. After a very prosperous career at the museum, Dr. Clark, as he was now respectfully known, retired in 1965. His Studios was handed down to New Jersey taxidermist John Hansen until his untimely death in 1955.
The Clark molds were sold from the Hansen estate to another NJ taxidermist John Schneider until he moved to work for the Rock Hill Museum in South Carolina. He died in the mid 1980's. All of the plaster molds from the Clark Studios were taken to Long Island NY by Tony Romano where they were briefly used in commercial work for only a few years. They were then purchased outright by Rodney Ness in York New Salem PA. Most of these molds were converted into fiberglass and I still ocasionally call Mr. Ness for a wide range of very usable and accurate Clark Studio style forms. Bob's Taxidermy Supply in NY has a various selection of The Clark Molds for deer and bear head forms. Willis Houston of Dixie Land Supply Co., carries an outstanding bison head form modeled in The Clark Studios which was given to Clearfield Taxidermy by John Schneider in the 1950's. All the Clearfeild molds were purchased by Dixieland as well. Anyone wanting more information on James L. Clark should obtain his books; Trails of the Hunted, The Great Arc of the Wild Sheep and 50 Years of Hunting. It is also interesting to know that here in NJ, a notable full time taxidermist named Ed Moran, still to this day employs the exact same methods as the Clark Studios was so famous for. Eddy models all his own forms in clay, casts the models in plaster and makes from them plaster and burlap forms just as sound as any other medium. He still uses lead earliners and literally buys nothing except jaw sets and eyes. Eddy was a personal assisitant to John Schneider. It's nice to know that although the Clark Studios are gone, the standards for excellence still thrive in all of us James L. Clark (1883-1969)
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European Stoat (Mustela Erminea). Nice example in a winter scene. Created in a TE Gunn style flat fronted case.

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Small Tiger. Unassignable as to maker and or age. You might wish to treat this as the "before" image.

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Stoat and Bullfinch prey. Unlike most who just "talk" about the subject, being relative experts, I can actually do it. Actually it is not hard, you just need talent. Oh yeah not for sale.

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Postcard showing various species, formerly the collection of Lord Rothschild's

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Postcard showing various species, formerly the collection of The Corporation of Brighton. This is not part of the Booth Museum.

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Impressive Tiger by unknown taxidermist. This item is for sale, anyone interested let us know and we will provide details of the collector.

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Tigers Head by Van Ingen of Mysore.

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Red Squirrels by J Lawrence of Birmingham. Very much in the Vitorian style of Walter Potter.

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General view of an Edwardian Trophy room..

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Original image showing Chinese Giant Panda. 1938 Taxidermist Albrecht is seated below.

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Red Fox by AJ Harris of Enfield. Not a name we are familar with but a nice case all the same .

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American Fisher Cat or Fisher Marten, a large member of the Weasel family .

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American Cinnamon Raccoon in close up and now completed .

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American Cinnamon Raccoon. Not a sub-species and not that rare, just a nice colour variant. The case has still to be completed, with the water effect to be added and grasses. Every rock has been formed from foam and hand painted.

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Magical pair of Siberian Tigers by unkown taxidermist .

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Postcard showing Apes and Monkies at an exhibition at the Paris Zoo. The quality of the work looks to be that of Rowland Ward.

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African Elephant diorama .

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African Water Buffalo diorama .

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African diorama .

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Mountain Goat diorama .

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European Red Fox stalking Rabbit prey.

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Postcard showing various species of Seals. Formerly the collection of Lord Rothschild's

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Modern Pine Marten by Mike Gadd .

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Modern Red Squirrel by Mike Gadd .

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Fox cub by the Victorian artist George Bazeley of Northampton .

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Fox cub by the Victorian artist George Bazeley of Northampton in close up.

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Tigers head by the Victorian artist Peter Spicer in close up.

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Fox mask by the Victorian artist Kirk of Glasgow in close up.

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Postcard from Brussels museum showing African antelope.

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Postcard from The Tring Museum. Formerly the collection of Lord Rothschild's

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Scottish Roe Deer Buck. This is to illustrate how most mammal mounts begin life.

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Alaskan Kodiak Bear. This is how items would have been collected historically. You would have walked in to the wilderness harvested the animal, skinned it and carried it out. This is to illustrate how most mammal mounts begin life.

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Racehorse article for Phar Lap.

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North American diploma for Taxidermy.

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Postcard showing a Polar Bear diorama.

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Lion and prey mount.

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Lion showing how the internal wiring would look and what elements of the animal remain insitu.

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Postcard showing North American Fur Seals.

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Elephants by Carl Akerley .

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Moose manikins in preparation by J Warmbath.

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Otters by EF Spicer.

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Otters by EF Spicer.

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Otter with Kingfishers by EF Spicer.

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Lion and Zebra by Gerrard's of London.

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Musk Oxen and Polar Bear by Gerrard's of London.

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Elephants by Carl Akerley in the Chicago Natural History Museum.

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North Atlantic Fur Seas.

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A prized Bulldog by Huchinson of Derby.

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Polar Bear manikin in preparation by Jonas Brothers.

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Natural history exhibits.

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Carl Akerleys Natural history exhibits.

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Natural history exhibits in a North American home.

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Natural history exhibits in a North American home.

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Natural history preparation by the French, the subject matter being a Water Buffalo.

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Natural history preparation by the French, the subject matter being a Water Buffalo.

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Blue Whale hunting in Antarctica.

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Blue Whale hunting in Antarctica.

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Whale hunting in Antarctica.

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Blue Whale hunting in Antarctica.

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European Red Fox by EF Spicer.

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European Red Fox by Henry Shaw.

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European Red Fox with prey by EF Spicer.

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Red Squirrel by Lewis Hutton of Bristol .

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Thylacine or Tazmanian Tiger .

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Victorian Curios of Bear with plate, one would suspect a hall stand for greeting cards.

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Victorian Grey Squirrels by EF Spicer of Birmingham.

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Victorian Grey Squirrels by EF Spicer of Birmingham.

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Red Fox with Rabbit prey, lovely face detail .

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Grey Squirrel said to be by Peter Spicer .

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Stunning pair of Red Squirrels by Barry Williams of Cannock .

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African Lion pride at rest.

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Historic image of Jonas Brothers transporting heads. I can provide you with contact details of the owner of Jonas Brothers today if you like. Hypocrite. Many thanks by the way to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the use of this image.

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Museum preparation of Mountain Lion.

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Victorian examples of Sea Lions.

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Walrus by Rowland Ward.


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Victorian image of Whale Skeleton.


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Victorian image of a Tiger being skinned for taxidermy.


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North American Raccoon.

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North American Fisher Marten.

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North American Fisher Marten by John Audubon.

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North American Fisher Marten in detail. This animal is around 15 times larger than European Polecat.

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North American Fisher Marten in detail.

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North American Fisher Marten in detail. This animal is now awaiting to be cased within a flat fronted case.

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Unknown North American Taxidermist given the subject matter in the background.

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Unknown Taxidermist workshop dated 1871. Very little has changed

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African Lion cub by Jonas Brothers

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Tasmanian Thylacine, now extnct.

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European Wild Boar.

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Bengal Tiger likely to be by Rowland Ward

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African Lion of Tsavo, maneater, dated 1923. See Edwardian taxidermy page for the full fascinating story about these two Lions and their antics at the rail bridge crossing.

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Victorian Okapi.

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Bengal Tiger Rug by Van Ingen of Mysore. Never really fully understood the attraction of such items

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European Otter by unknown Victorian taxidermist

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Victorian freak,namely a 6 legged lamb.

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Indian Elephant dated 1902. American image

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African Elephant by Rowland Ward at the Kensington Natural History Museum.

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frican Elephant by Rowland Ward at the Kensington Natural History Museum, slightly different to that shown above.

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Stunning Guar Bull

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Stunning African Oribi Head

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Stunning African Dik Dik

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Stunning African Thompson's Gazelle

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Stunning African Eland

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Stunning African Heartbeest

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Stunning African Waterbuck

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Stunning African Eland

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Modern Big Horn Sheep by Jonas Brothers of Denver. Many thanks to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the image


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Modern Marco Polo Sheep by Jonas Brothers of Denver. Many thanks to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the image


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Leopard by Jonas Brothers of Denver. Many thanks to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the image


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Stunning case of European Red Fox and Rabbit by Bill Cox of Liverpool, Victorian case.

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Hippo being prepared by taxidermist.


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European Otter by W.K Petherick of Taunton, Somerset.


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African Elephant foot by Williams if Dublin

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Victorian case of a Stoat with Partridge chick prey.


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European Otter.


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Snow Leopard by unknown taxidermist.


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Taxidermy exhibiton by unknown taxidermist.


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An important collection of Heads collected by F H Barber in the USA. This collection was obtained for the New York Zoological Society (image 1910) The work of Rowland Ward was well represented in this collection and was a friend of Barber The collection, suffered theft, some disposed to landfill, various changes of ownership but a large portion is still retained in the Safari Club International. State parks have been named after him in British Columbia for his work in conservation. Hunting is a poorly understood aspect of conservation, which for it not for the game reserves in Afrcia, it is doubtful that large game would have survived today.


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Taxidermy exhibiton by unknown taxidermist.


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Taxidermy exhibiton by unknown taxidermist.


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Workshop room by Jonas Brothers of Denver. Many thanks to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the image


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Workshop room by Jonas Brothers of Denver. Many thanks to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the image


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Bengal Tiger Hunting by Lord and Lady Cuzons 1903

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Bengal Tiger Rug by Van Ingen of Mysore. Thanks Jeff

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Polar Bear being skinned by Eskimos

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Black Leopard by C Dunton of Herts. Victorian Taxidermist. Many thanks Karen.


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A fine example of a Victorian Bengal Tiger Head on shield by the celebrated firm of VAN INGEN of Mysore


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Murray Otter mask. Thanks Jeff

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Ivorine placque from a Murray Otter mask shield. Thanks Jeff

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Badger Mask by Peter Spicer.

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Fox Mask by William Bazeley of Northampton.

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Thompson Gazelle, most likely by Rowland Ward or E. Gerrard.

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Workshop room by Jonas Brothers of Denver. Many thanks to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the image


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African and North American Trophy mounts at a Dallas Game show

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African Rhino Trophy mount at a Dallas Game show

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African and North American Trophy mounts at a Dallas Game show

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African and North American Trophy mounts at a Dallas Game show

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Victorian Red Fox stole by unknown taxidermist in close up.

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Victorian Tibetan Spaniel by unknown taxidermist in close up.

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African Rhino

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North American White Tail Buck

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African Leopard

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North American Mink with Chipmonk prey. Fantastic item.
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African Lion

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Workshop room by Jonas Brothers of Denver. Many thanks to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the image


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African Sable Antelope

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Victorian case of a Fox with Rabbit by EF Spicer .

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A fine example of a Victorian Leopard Head on shield by the celebrated firm of VAN INGEN of Mysore


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Victorian case of a Victorian Fox chasing a white Rabbit by Shopland


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Victorian Timber Wolf


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Victorian case of a Stoat with Snipe prey by TE Gunn


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Victorian case of a Victorian Fox chasing a Rabbit by Shopland


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Modern Arctic Fox


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Workshop room by Jonas Brothers of Denver. Many thanks to the owner of Jonas Brothers for the image


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African Elephant

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African Dik Dik trophy mount
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Modern Kansas Bobcat


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North American Racoon
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North American Alaskan Red Fox
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North American Alaskan Red Fox in close up
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North American Kansan Bobcat
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North American Pronghorn Antelope
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North American Bobcat
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North American Bobcat
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Victorian Scottish Wildcat with Grouse prey.

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Natural history preparation .

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Victorian Hares Head by Bill Cox of Liverpool.

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Victorian lable by Bill Cox of Liverpool.

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North American Raccoon
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North American Pine Marten in close up
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North American Pine Marten
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North American Bobcat with Pheasant prey
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North American Bobcat in close up
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North American Bobcat with Pheasant prey
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