Mammal Restoration

All work here is client commissioned work to either restore the habitat surrounding a piece of taxidermy, recasing a specimen or restoring/cleaning a specimen.


Every piece is bespoke and catered to the clients needs. No habitat restoration, taxidermy restoration/cleaning or recasing is the same. 

If there is something you can't find here and want to find out more. Please do not hesitate to email taxtiles.taxidermy@gmail.com

Before and after of restoring an antique red deer.

This lovely red deer needed some well overdue tlc. With a wonky face and cracked nose, mouth and around the eyes. Missing fur where the skin had split due to age, heat and humidity. It was kept above a fireplace so the fur was very dry and brittle. I tanned a deer skin and used that to cover the areas exposed where the skin pulled from where the stitching was. It was also sun bleached as well so I gave the fur a complete makeover and restored the colour all round. Also correcting the wonky face and nose. Adding in textures to create a more realistic finish. The ears also had some cracking with I fixed and restored the colour.

The antlers were very dusty as well as the whole specimen so that had a very good clean too. Here you see before and after of me restoring him. 

There's great history behind this piece, many years ago my client's friend had a call from some people who had bought Stourton Castle. They were throwing old pieces of taxidermy away. So they managed the rescue 3 stag heads. With this one being the smallest which is insane as this is a very large red deer. This deer is very old and estimated to be between 100-150 years old.

Sadly there is no plaque or name behind the shield so the taxidermist who preserved this deer remains a mystery.

Before

After

Squirrel without the glass
Close up of habitat
Back of squirrel
Side of squirrel with glass
Before and after of restoring an antique red squirrel.

Roughly dated around 1840 likely preserved by Lewis Hutton of Bristol (label was coated in heavy brown varnish so was hard to tell, but had the classic signs of the label). Client wanted the red squirrel to be in a brand new case with some of the habitat brightened but modernised. The case was made by Immortal Glass/Cases, with toughened glass so it is hard wearing. Base was coated in dark brown stain with a gloss finish.

Habitat elements were kept and hand painted individually to make the specimen "pop". Unfortunately, due to the age of the specimen and the condition it was in. When the red squirrel was taken out of the old case, there was a large amount of fur loss behind the specimen. I offered a new specimen as this was very bleached due to the sun and the pest damage. However, the client refused as it was sentimental value. As I couldn't restore the fur as the fur was precariously attached to the specimen. The compressed air from the airbrush would further increase fur loss. Additionally, the time it takes to restore the fur, would of been the same amount of time to mount a brand new specimen. So the creative solution was to cover the back of the specimen with the long grass from the original case, fumigated and recoloured, then repositioned to disguise the damage.

The outcome was successful and a happy client too.