Practical Collecting & Preserving Trophies dated 1891 by Rowland Ward
As much as I'm on Ebay, the auctions tend to be more like online shopping than real pot boilers for me. I type in my maximum and let the fates decide. This however was not the case last year when I bid on a black goat head stuffed in 1923 by the New York Museum of Natural History's top taxidermist. Some carcass loving fanatic swooped in within the last five seconds and stole my prize right out from under me. My stomach fell to my feet, my jaw to the table. People might feel similarly over a death or a natural disaster. Perhaps that evil bidder was linked to the Brits behind www.taxidermy4cash.com, which claims to be a group of the UK's largest and most dedicated Victorian taxidermy collectors. The look of the site leaves a lot to be desired, but the information is priceless. On top of the countless images of the stuffed animals, you get full histories of the men who immortalized them.
Victorian invoice relating to a Horses Hoof from Rowland Ward.
African trip, where Carl Ethan Akeley nearly lost his life. The New York Natural History Museum