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Caribou Mount by James L. Clark

Discussion in 'Taxidermy History' started by Penn Woods, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. I was recently at a hunting camp that has an awesome old caribou mount that has been hanging in this camp since the early seventies. I have been going to this camp since I was a kid and always loved this mount. Some of the members were thinking about removing the mount from inside the camp and hanging it outside. After removing it from the wall I noticed the plaque on the back "James L. Clark". I explained to them the history behind the taxidermist and mount and convinced them not to hang it outside. They allowed me to take it home for safe keeping until they figure out what they want to do with it. The said they may hang it back up inside or consider selling it to me.

    I was wondering if there was a way to figure out how old the mount is and what it may be worth? There were letters stamped on the back of the panel HEM 3 and I was curious if anyone can shed some light on that as well.

    The other question was could I safely clean up the mount and what would be the best way to go about doing that?

    Thanks for any information!


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  4. Chris I would proceed with caution, the mount appears to be in good shape overall considering its age, this is what I've done as far as cleaning, since the piece has historical significance my first concern is would the cleaning process damage the hair in any way? I would give the mount a gentle vacuuming and brushing, clean the eyes, nose, and antlers with windex and a mild soapy sponge, the only thing I would do as far as restoration would be refinish the eyes and nose areas. As far as the numbers on the back of the panel, who knows! Good luck.
  5. Thanks for the information David!