Victorian Taxidermy by Thomas Edward Gunn, Norwich.

TE Gunn Taxidermy, perhaps one of the finest exponents of British Historical Taxidermy

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T.E.Gunn, Taxidermist, Norwich, Norfolk

1844 until 1923

Thomas Edward Gunn
Thomas Gunn (1844-1923), F.L.S.,was born at Norwich in Norfolk. He was educated at the old Blue Coat School. Gunn was apprenticed to John Sayer, a Norwich taxidermist, taking over the business on Sayer's death. A master craftsman, Gunn won medals and honours for his skill in the art of taxidermy. He wrote several papers on birds of East Anglia. Gunn was a founder member of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society. Thomas Gunn was the largest taxidermy business in Norwich and was based in St. Giles Street. Competitors included Cole of Norwich and Roberts of Norwich. He ran the business from 1844-1923 bearing his name. His son, Frederick (FE Gunn) retired from his fathers business in 1941 aged 72. The firm closed its doors in 1950, ending nearly 100 years of continuous trading.
TE Gunn cases tended to follow a very similar pattern of ebonised pine cases lined with paper, which was then either left plain or subtley painted a light blue. These cases were in the main "flat fronted", with only glass at the front. That said, wall hanging domes and multi-sided glass cases were also produced but the "mass production" for want of a better word was flat fronted cases.

The census of the time writes

Thomas Edward GUNN marries Maria FRANKLING

Note: after being apprenticed to John SAYER a taxidermist in Norwich, Thomas took over the business which became the largest taxidermy business in Norwich, based in St Giles Street - in Gunn Court, named after him. He died from pneumonia aged 78 in 1923 His profession is listed as a Naturalist in 1871. In 1881 they lived at Upper Giles St, Norwich and had a servant living in: Eliza FRETT aged 17 born Surlingham. In 1891 Thomas is described as a machinist and there was a family servant living in named Anna BANHAM aged 19 born Norwich at 86 St Giles Street Norwich
    Children of Thomas and Maria Edward W b 2nd qr 1866 Norwich . Note: Edward was a photographer Maria Ann b 2nd qr 1868 Norwich Note: Maria was a domestic housekeeper for her father in 1891 Ellen Ada b 2nd qr 1870 Norwich Edith Louisa b 4th qr 1873 Norwich Edith became an apprentice dressmaker Frederick Ernest b 4th qr 1877 Norwich Frederick was a naturalist Minnie Eveline b 1st qr 1879 Norwich Herbert Christopher J b 1st qr 1882 Norwich Note: Herbert was a stationer's assistant in 1901 Ethel May 1883 Norwich
"The Old Crocodile Angling Club dated 1888". Perhaps just another fishing cup until you see the list of winners. The first being F E Gunn 1888, E W Gunn 1889, G H Herd 1890, W E Rollings 1891, W Gunn 1892, T E Gunn 1893 and G H Herd 1894. More images to follow shortly.

"The Old Crocodile Angling Club dated 1888".

"The Old Crocodile Angling Club dated 1888".

Thomas Edward Gunn, an early image of him, we suspect he was around 40 at the time of this photo.
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Peregrine Falcon by TE Gunn. Classic bird and groundwork, Classic TE Gunn. Not for sale.

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Peregrine Falcon by TE Gunn. Classic bird and groundwork, Classic TE Gunn.

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Peregrine Falcon by TE Gunn. Classic bird and groundwork, Classic TE Gunn.

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Great Grey Shrike by Gunn.

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Bittern by Gunn.

Perch by Gunn.

Wall hanging domes by TE Gunn.

Stunning pair wall hanging domes by TE Gunn.

Impressive watercolour depicting TE Gunns exhibition dated 1883. If you would like a copy (free) of this image "not for commercial gain", then we will happily furnish you with the details of the institute that retains this item and then you can ask directly, again it would make an impressive print.

The Raptor room at Norwich Castle Museum. It is likely that these birds were undertaken by The Gunn firm of taxidermists. Gunn was one of the finest British Historical Taxidermists

Arctic Tern by TE Gunn.

Little Auks by TE Gunn.

Sparrowhawk chicks by TE Gunn.

Great Grey Shrike by TE Gunn.

Ptarmigan by TE Gunn.

Marsh Harrier by TE Gunn.

Dotterll by TE Gunn.

Stone Curlew by TE Gunn.

Female Ruff by TE Gunn.

Tawny Owl chick by TE Gunn.

Tawny Owl by TE Gunn.

Little Tern by TE Gunn.

Little Tern by TE Gunn.

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