A very rare Victorian cased pair of extinct New Zealand Huia leads the Natural History and Taxidermy Sale. The superb quality male and female huia full mounts were mounted by James E. Whiting, Naturalist, of 19 Heath Street, Hampstead, and are presented perched on a branch and surrounded by hummingbirds, rocks and foliage.
Also on offer in the sale are a Monumental Late Victorian Cased Display of Tropical Birds Native to South America & South East Asia & Oceana, circa 1870-1900 (estimate: £8,000-12,000), an impressive large late Victorian cased White Pelican and White Ibis mounted in 1879 by James Gardiner (estimate: £3,000-5,000), a fine cased diorama of Eurasian Bullfinches by T.E. Gunn, Naturalist of Norwich (estimate: £700-900), an early 20th century Giant Clam Shell (estimate: £500-700), and a modern re-creation of a Toco Toucan by the renowned taxidermist Carl Church of Pickering, North Yorkshire (estimate: £1,500-2,500).
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Sold for £1,800
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500