The James Harrison Collection of Birds

20th May 2022 10:30 GMT/BST
The Auction Centre, Leyburn
Catalogue: View Page Turner Catalogue
Lots: 216

The James Harrison Collection comprises over 200 lots of cased and freemount birds dating from the late Victorian era to the middle of the 20th century. The collection includes rare and unusual examples, such as a passenger pigeon and a kiwi, as well as mounts by the likes of Rowland Ward, James Gardner, Charles Kirk and George Bristow. 

James Maurice Harrison (1892-1971) was an ornithologist and one of the last great bird collectors, who gathered large numbers of specimens to study moult patterns, distribution, geographical and colour variation within and between species. A GP by profession, Harrison filled his family home and Doctor's Surgery, Bowerwood House in Kent, with his extraordinary collection. 

Wednesday 18th May 10:00am - 4:00pm, Thursday 19th May 10:00am - 4:00pm, and the morning of the sale from 8am. Viewing is open to the public, there is no need to make an appointment.

Buyer's premium:
22.0% + VAT (26.4% in total)

Please note you will be required to remove your purchased items within seven working days of the sale unless by prior arrangement. Collections are by appointment from Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm. Saturday collections are only available when there is a sale and STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make an appointment call 01969 623780 or email

Name: Robbie Bright

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Natural History and Taxidermy (216)


Henry. James Burton (8)

Charles Kirk (6)

Ernst Flukiger (5)

James Gardner (5)

George Bristow (4)

Rowland Ward (2)

Robert Duncan (1)

Edward Gerrard & Sons (1)

Graham Teasdale (1)

Archibald Thorburn (1)