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Pair of 8.5
Pair of 8.5" Brass Snake Candlesticks CS204
Original, quality pair of late 19th century cast brass candlesticks in the realistic form of cobras poised to strike. This superb pair, the largest we have seen to date and the best ones, have decorated brass candle holders to the top with sconces to catch the wax drips, with castellated tops. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

8.5" tall x 9" x 7" base.

Diam of sconce drip pans 3.25".

 
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Price: 365.00


Brass Armadillo Inkwell IW104
Original, quality late 19th century all cast brass inkstand in the realistic form of an armadillo. This example has a lift up hinged 'shell' to access the pair of original white ceramic ink pots ( one has a small chip ) and is mounted on a stepped rectangular plinth. All has been polished and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order.

3.5" tall x 7" x 2 3/8".

Plinth only 4.75" x 2 3/8".

 
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Price: 365.00


Brass Armadillo Inkwell IW104



Brass Box with Inset Insect Wings NH8
Brass Box with Inset Insect Wings NH8
Original, quality 1920's continental circular brass box with a push on lid with a design of insect wings beneath a bellied glass panel. This box has an embossed floral design around the sides, a beaded outer rim to the lid and is signed to the underside of the lid "Peguy". The first we have seen. Complete and in good order.

2.75" diam.

1.5" tall.

 
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Price: 68.00


Butterfly Wings Brass Pin Tray NH7
Original, quality 1920's continental pierced brass small decorative tray with a central glass lined dish decorated behind the glass with real butterfly wings. The frame of this tray is finely pierced with designs of butterflies and is signed to the top "F. Billere". The underside has four ball feet and is stamped "Depose". The upper brass surface has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order.

10.5" x 4.75" x 0.75".

 
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Price: 125.00


Butterfly Wings Brass Pin Tray NH7



Mounted Roe Deer Prickets T249
Mounted Roe Deer Prickets T249
Original, quality late 19th century continental small pair of Roe Deer Antlers mounted on a carved back mount "Black Forest" fashion with oak leaves and branches. An old repaired break to one branch otherwise all is complete and in good order.

Backboard 6.25" tall x 6" wide plus 0.75" front to back.

Total 10" tall plus 4" front to back.

 
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Price: 85.00


Pair of Stag Antler Serviette Rings T246
Original, quality pair of pre-war serviette rings fashioned from a staghorn antler. A good chunky pair. Complete and in good and working order.

Exterior 2.25" x 2" x 1" approx.

Inner diam 1.5".

 
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Price: 56.00


Pair of Stag Antler Serviette Rings T246



Red Squirrel T242
Red Squirrel T242
Original, quality 1920's mounted European Red Squirrel in a glazed case with a hanging loop to the top. This clean example has good groundwork, with the squirrel holding a hazelnut. The interior has been cleaned and dusted with crystals to prevent mite damage and the exterior has been re-taped and repainted. All is complete and in good order.

11.75" tall plus loop x 12.25" wide x 5" front to back.

 
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Price: 175.00


Kookaburra T240
Original quality 1920's / 30's cased Australian 'Kookaburra' in a three sides glazed, cabinet with gold detail to the front glass and a hanging loop to the back. The glass has been cleaned inside and out and re-taped, crystals have been included in the groundwork to prevent mite damage and all is complete and in good order. A well presented bird, unusual to find.

16.5" tall plus loop x 14.75" x 7.75" front to back.

 
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Price: 850.00


Kookaburra T240



Pair of Mounted Sable Antelope Horns T239
Pair of Mounted Sable Antelope Horns T239
Original, quality pre-war pair of African Sable Antelope Horns in super condition. These have been re-mounted on a honey coloured oak shield shaped plaque made to suit similar to the original tatty one. Complete and in good order.

Shield 12.25" x 11" x 0.75".

Total 32" tall x 13" wide.

13.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 300.00


Pair of Spicer Red Deer Slots T231
Original, quality pair of Red Deer Slots mounted on oak shields by "Peter Spicer & Sons, Leamington", the shields are impressed as such to the reverse, also with the numbers 1863.1 and 1863.2. The front of the shields have ivorine plaques detailing "D.S.S.H, found Hawcombe, Killed County Gate July 30th 1949". A really super pair of very clean mounts.

Shield 11" x 7.25" x 0.75" front to back.

Total 3" front to back.

 
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Price: 230.00


Pair of Spicer Red Deer Slots T231



Antelope Horns T226
Antelope Horns T226
Original, quality pre-war pair of antelope horns on a bleached half skull mount fitted with a replacement shield shaped backboard in walnut made to suit. All in good order.

Backboard 12.75" x 7.75" x 0.75".

Total 19.5" tall and 9" front back.

 
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Price: 135.00


Crayfish Study Model T224
Original, quality pre-war plaster open model of a crayfish mounted on a circular wooden plinth. The stand has the label "Astacus Flurcatilis (crayfish)" and the manufacturer's label for "Gerrard & Haig Ltd, Sussex & Surrey". One side of this model shows the internal organs and the other external view. Some minor chips to the paintwork otherwise complete and in good order.

7.5" tall x 11".

Plinth 5.5" diam.

 
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Price: 185.00


Crayfish Study Model T224



Kestrel in Picture Frame Case T222
Kestrel in Picture Frame Case T222
Original, quality Kestrel mounted in a picture frame case circa 1920. This superb case was mounted by George Bazeley of Wolverhampton, 1871 - 1958, and originally had a label to the front glass panel but was removed when renewing the front glass and is available on request still attached to a small section of the glass. This taxidermist was known for his picture frame cases. This example has old wallpaper on the reverse of the cabinet and all is complete and in good order and a very lifelike pose.

Frame exterior 18.5" x 13.25".

Glazed section 15.25" x 10".

Total front to back 5".

 
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Price: 550.00


Pair of Mounted Red Deer Slots T220
Original, quality pair of red deer hooves mounted on an oak shield shaped board with a wall hanging eye and an ivorine plaque detailing "Q.S.H" for the Quantock Stag Hounds in Devon and "Windown to Hayman's Pond A.M.L.Y 4th April 1953 E.S.G.Y. Well mounted and in good order.

Shield 11.75" x 11.25" x 0.75".

Total 3.5" front to back including hooves.

 
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Price: 135.00


Pair of Mounted Red Deer Slots T220



Brown Trout in Bow Front Glass Case T213
Brown Trout in Bow Front Glass Case T213
Original, quality superb late 19th century large Brown Trout, caught at Sunbury on Thames in 1864 and mounted in a bow fronted glazed case by Cooper. This great example, larger than average for a Thames Trout, has all the good groundwork as expected for a Cooper mount, with a paper label to the top inner left corner detailing "Preserved by J. Cooper, 28 Radnor Street, St Luke London EC". The front of the bowed glass has gilt lines around and "Caught by Mr Lamport at Sunbury June 1864 Weight 6 ¼lbs". The case has been cleaned and repainted black to the reverse and has two hanging loops to the top. Complete and in good order.

15.5" tall + loops 1".

30.5" long and 7.5" front to back at centre.

 
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Price: 950.00


Cased Brace of Red Grouse T199
Original, quality 1920's cased pair of Red Grouse with basic groundwork with a little moss and heather and plain interior buff papered walls. This cabinet has honey coloured oak to the top, underside, sides and frame to the glazed front. A good quality cabinet. Complete and in good order.

16.5" tall x 25" and 10.25" front to back.

 
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Price: 365.00


Cased Brace of Red Grouse T199



Cased Female Sparrow Hawk T198
Cased Female Sparrow Hawk T198
Original, quality pre-war female Sparrow Hawk, remounted and recased in a cabinet with three glazed panels, good groundwork and finished in a green washed colour. All is complete and in good order.

18.5" tall x 19.5" wide and 9" front to back.

 
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Price: 435.00


Cased Pair of Guillemots T193
Original, quality 1920's cased pair of Guillemots in a three glass panelled cabinet with good rockwork and groundwork and a clean case overall. All in superb condition and complete and in good order.

16.5" tall x 18" and 9" front to back.

 
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Price: 350.00


Cased Pair of Guillemots T193



Pair Bantams In Diorama Cabinet T187
Pair Bantams In Diorama Cabinet T187
Original, quality large oak framed glazed cabinet on a separate oak stand. This cabinet has a pair of bantams, a cock and hen on naturalistic groundwork, with a painted backpanel. All in superb condition and circa 1900. The plinth of the cabinet has been altered in places to fit the four legged stand. But otherwise all is complete and in good order.

Total 63.5" tall and 34.5" x 26" front to back.

Cabinet only 25.5" x 34.5" x 26" front to back.

 
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Price: 600.00


Cased Game Cock T180
Original, quality, well presented, mounted game cockerel in the original glazed front wooden cabinet, circa 1900. Such a superb specimen, I am surprised not to find a trade label for the very competent taxidermist. We have re-painted the inside papered panels to tidy up some old staining, re-papered the back exterior and re-taped and painted the top, sides and underside. All is as good as it appears. A well above average speciman and a great looker. Complete and in good order.

25" tall x 23" wide and 9.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 635.00


Cased Game Cock T180



Roe Deer Antlers T169
Roe Deer Antlers T169
Pair of original, quality pre-war Roe deer prickets recently mounted on a mahogany shield shaped backboard made to suit. All is in good order.

Shield 9" x 5.5" and 0.75" front to back.

Total 12" tall and 8.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 65.00


Roe Deer Antlers T167
Pair of original, quality pre-war Roe deer prickets recently mounted on an oak shield shaped backboard made to suit. All is in good order.

Shield 9" x 5.5" and 0.75" front to back.

Total 11" tall and 8" front to back.

 
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Price: 65.00


Roe Deer Antlers T167



European Elk Antlers T160
European Elk Antlers T160
Pair of original, quality 1920 's / 30's, European Elk antlers mounted on a later shield made to suit. This unusual set of antlers are distorted but a natural growth variation. The walnut shield shows some old worm damage but has been well treated. All in good order.

Shield 17.5" x 13.5" and 1".

Total 37" wide.

22" tall and 13" front to back.

 
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Price: 450.00


Topi Mount T117
Original, mounted Topi head, circa 1900. A very realistic mount, probably by Rowland Ward, but not marked and in fine condition.

Back mount 19" x 11".

Head 35" high x 16" wide and 23" front to back.

 
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Price: 350.00


Topi Mount T117



Pair of Antler Tip Whip Racks WR5
Pair of Antler Tip Whip Racks WR5
Original, quality pair of post-war continental wall-mounted whip racks with shaped honey-coloured oak backplates with two deer antler points to each. The reverse has recessed steel hanging plates. Ideally used as whip racks, hat pegs, sword racks and other uses. Cleaned and complete and in good and working order.

Backplate 19" x 2.75".

4.5" front to back max.

 
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Price: 115.00

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