'Antique Taxidermy tells a story of a time period filled with exciting scientific discoveries and expeditions into the 'uncivilised' world.'
Repair & Restoration
Have you been given or own a piece of tatty taxidermy, or do you have a torn animal skin rug?
If so, I offer a sympathetic restoration and repair service, taking great care to restore your taxidermy, case or animal skin rug as closely as possible to its original naturalistic condition in keeping with the age of the piece.
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Taxidermy Restoration & Repair Service includes:
• Cleaning service for taxidermy (fur & feather)
• Repair of rips & holes
• Cleaning or restoration of case interiors
• Replacement of decor on bases and case interiors
• Tooth, horn, antler & hoof repair.
• Filling/obscuring minor holes & scratches
• Replacement of bases and stands
• Taxidermy Reclamation*
* Ideal for taxidermy that is otherwise beyond economical repair. Please contact me for further information.
Vintage Fur Restoration & Repair* Service includes:
• Cleaning & Refreshing
• Repairing Lining or Relining
• Replacement of broken or missing eyes, using specialist hand made glass eyes to match original as closely as possible.
• Repair (if possible) or replacement with matched artificial noses (applicable for Hats, Stoles, Muffs etc),
• Repair of rips and holes in skins, throws, rugs, fur coats, stoles etc
* Prior to the start of any work, I personally assess every Item to ascertain its suitability for repair,
Examples of Restoration & Reclamation Work ~ Before Repair & After
What Happens Next?
An estimate* will usually be given, based on what you have told me in your description of the damage and what is visible in the accompanying required colour photographs. (without photographs clearly showing the issues I can not begin an estimation).
Please bare in mind that this estimate may alter once the piece has been physically assessed by myself, in person. You will of course be contacted as soon as possible to discuss with you what your best options are.
If the item for repair is an old family piece I understand that there may be some emotions involved (I know what I'm like myself!) and in such an instance, I will always insist you to make up your 'own' mind -
I will not make up your mind for you!!
The (Not So) 'Small Print' Bit
It is worth remembering that whilst all specimens will be handled with the utmost care, without exact knowledge
of the original chemicals used to preserve it (some are unheard of these days), there is the possibly that an adverse reaction may occur when using modern chemicals. The customer must be fully aware that all taxidermy specimens
are left at the client's own risk.
To take account of possible unforeseen developments I will aim to provide several estimates based on various circumstances, including the worst-case scenario. This is done to prevent you from being shocked by unexpected costs!
• No work will be undertaken until a Contract Of Repair Consent Form has been completed, signed by the client,
and returned with the agreed [non returnable] deposit having been paid.
• It is standard policy to charge an hourly rate (plus materials) for all restoration, reclamation & repair work .
However, depending on the type and volume of work required, I may be able to give a price for the whole job.
• The client is responsible for all packing, delivery & return delivery costs
• The customer is kept informed throughout the entire process.
•If, on physical inspection, the specimen is considered to be 1) beyond my expertise, 2) beyond economical or financial repair,
the customer will be advised immediately with no costs incurred (other than the cost of returning the item to the owner).
I can also help with suggestions for alternative methods such as salvaging damaged taxidermy if required.
Please contact to discuss.
* An estimate is an educated guess at what a job may cost - but it is not binding.
*A non returnable deposit is required to cover the costs of the time sourcing, and obtaining 'specimen specific' items required for the restoration of your taxidermy.
•An estimate* of the cost can not be given, until the specimen has been physically assessed by Trudy in order to ascertain
the restoration that may be required. This will then be discussed in detail with the client.
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