Hi, I am an intern conservator at the American Museum of Natural History, and I am currently restoring a moose trophy mount. At this stage, I am unable to confirm its age or provenance, but I would like to learn more about this specimen and how it was prepared. It was mounted by G.A. Davis (Fredericton, NB). Has anyone ever heard of this taxidermist or know anything about him/her? It would be nice to know more about the mounting technique and I'm particularly interested in whether the antlers were treated, stained or coated in any way. I've been cleaning the antlers and I keep removing a black like material, which is most likely years of dirt accumulation. But I am a little concerned that I may be removing more than just dirt. Would anyone know whether taxidermists would customarily stain or paint antlers for trophy mounts? And what the nature of these coatings might have been? Thanks.