April 15, 2014

Hermione



I have had a soft spot for taxidermy for as long as I can remember, particularly vintage pieces, but finding those at a good price is a little impossible here. You are not likely to walk into an antique shop and pick up anything for under £50 as you might do in places such as America (where taxidermy is widespread and still very popular today) not unless you've got Lady Luck on your side! Here in the UK the only place you're likely to find a decent bargain is eBay, which is where Hermione, this beautiful vintage stoat in winter fur, came from (Germany to be exact!)

She arrived last week and though she was in wonderful condition she still looked a little dirty and dusty in places (probably from being in storage) so I gave her a clean with a slightly damp cloth and gently brushed her fur with a soft toothbrush and now she looks good as new! I even made her that little pearl necklace out of some old beads that I never wear. They make her look rather elegant don't you think?

Now if only I can catch that elusive fox or barn owl that I long for!

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  1. HA! The pearls are absolutely perfect on Hermoine! She's the most elegant example of taxidermy I've ever seen!

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    1. Thank you Emma, I love her to bits! If you want to get an eyeful of elegant taxidermy you have to check out the creations of Lucia Mocnay! I long to own one of her spectacular fox heads! http://conjuredcreations.com/taxidermy/

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    2. Oh my!! I see what you mean! Those fox heads are incredible. This is all completely new to me. I've never seen taxidermy like that. Thank you for the link, Sandy. :)

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    3. I just realized that she's in Melbourne! I'll have to watch out for one of her exhibitions!

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  2. Awww, she's beautiful! I've had my eye on some new friends myself. :3

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  3. I've found the barn owl I want over in the UK, but I'm scared to buy it in case Fish & Wildlife confiscates it on its way into Canada. Apparently, all taxidermy owls are illegal here. Probably not worth the risk, no matter how badly I want it. :(

    Hermione is gorgeous and you did a wonderful job cleaning her up - the pearls are a nice touch. I've bought a few antler mounts off eBay Germany and Austria. Much better prices! :)

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    1. Thank you! :) I know taxidermy laws can be a pain in the butt and kind of confusing but they're there to protect against would-be evil doers trying to make a quick buck out of the killing of animals, that's one reason why I prefer vintage pieces! I know the laws differ from country to country but would you be able to buy a vintage barn owl from overseas if it has a license? I have a Little Owl myself with an Article 10 license which means I can legally own it. Maybe if you contact a reputable taxidermist they might be able to help you. Good luck!

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  4. Hermione looks really pretty, I love her pearl collar!

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    1. Thank you, she's quite the little lady! :)

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  5. I've been wanting an ermine for so long! Yours looks lovely. What a great find. :)

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    1. Thank you Corinne! That's why I named her Hermione.. hERMIoNE, a play on words! And because.. Harry Potter! :3

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  6. She´s very pretty with her necklace^ ^

    I have a few embalmed animals from my german grandfather (he was a hunter), but I find them... a bit creepy ;D

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    1. Lucky you, haha I'm sure your grandfather meant well! I agree that some taxidermy can look a little creepy, especially when they're really old and falling apart or just really badly done! I hate freak taxidermy such as two headed ducks or Frankenstein-like creations made using the body parts of various species, I think it's really disrespectful! I would however love to own a Jackalope! :3

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  7. She is just beautiful! The beads are wonderful touch!

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  8. She looks so good & cute... great!

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  9. She's so elegant, Haha! (:

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  10. Wow, she is so stylish looking! Especially with those pearls! And she suits the black and white colour scheme! She has been beautifully preserved, with a perfect lifelike expression! I would love some taxidermy one day!

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    1. Her face is so lovely, even when bearing her teeth, I think it resembles more of a cheeky grin! :)

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  11. Aw! Look at the pretty white thingy. Somehow this little creature makes me think about the magic "familiar spirit" present in all witch houses, I am referring to the typical animal taking care and advising the witch. Really wonderful find, anyway!

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    1. Yes! Though I do already have a familiar (Bella), another one to help around the house is always useful! <3

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  12. She's beautiful. She looks really wonderful on your wall. :-)

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  13. Oh goodness! So pretty and she looks like she came with that necklace, made me smile. Glorious!

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    1. Those old beads were obviously destined to be hers! ^^,

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  14. That is a cute little creature! The petite body and the sharp teeth makes a lovely contrast :)

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  15. Isn't she lovely?
    I'm glad you found a new friend, I have one in Hector, a beautiful crow we managed to get last year... But he is nowhere as elegant as Hermione, he is just a dark, grumpy man... whom I love to bits :)

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  16. Oh, wow! She is beautiful! And the pearls are just perfect. xx

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  17. Oh my! Is that your wall? Looks pretty darn fabulous! And by jove is she beautiful!

    Halima
    Fashionicide // Fashion, with a difference
    xo

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  18. I see that you too Dress Up your Taxidermy Treasures! Yes, here in America you can find many specimens, but now that it's Trending to own them the prices are going up. *Le Sigh* I have most of mine in my Art Studio. The Favorite of my G-Kids is my Piranha wearing a Crown. I'm Adoring your Blog and your Style!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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