Taxidermy, particularly made popular by the Victorians, firms such as Roland Ward, specialised in mounting and stuffing trophies from hunting trips, through to a winner bantam cock, or favourite pet dog or cat.
Oddities and rarities command very high prices and worked into a scheme make an unique and interesting design feature.
Often best to get items under glass as dust can and does cause damage. Recently we had a young man with his mum buying with his birthday money. Of course a great talking point and also he will learn a lot from these items, not least how to respect and value older items, as his mum said she couldn't stand the thought of him investing in a lot of plastic "rubbish".
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