Taxidermy has been having a trendy moment of late, recalling it's glory days during the Victorian and Edwardian eras when it was considered a means to display one's worldly elegance and education to bring taxidermy and framed specimens into the home for beautiful decor. The art of taxidermy has come a long way from it's humble beginnings, when hides were tanned out of simple necessity for protective clothing and shelter. Eventually, scientists sought to preserve animal skins for ease of transport to facilitate their study - with little regard for artistic or anatomical integrity, these skins were stuffed with cotton, saw dust, rags, etc. The resulting pieces bore little resemblance to the actual animal and looked, in the vernacular of our times, busted.
The process became more involved and refined with innovations in tanning and technique, such as creating anatomically correct body molds from wood and wound string, and making extensive drawings of the animal for detail references and tracing exact outlines of the carcass for scale. During the Victorian era it was in vogue to bring the wilderness into the home to showcase tokens of exotic travel, so taxidermy made a move from exclusive museum display into the houses of the aristocratic families.
We are down with this, as you can see, because we are also well-traveled and fancy.
Because we love bringing natural science specimens into the home and believe that everyone who loves taxidermy should be able to do so, we are running a huge sale throughout May on ALL OF OUR TAXIDERMY, up to 50% off!! We have new freeze dry taxidermy pieces, shoulder mounts and full mounts, as well as part of a private collection from a former home zoo with beautiful custom-made glass and wood display boxes for the specimens! This is a great time for you to add to your own collection, or develop a taste for bringing the outdoors inside!