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Restored Rowland Ward African Lion from 1906

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by buckhunter, May 12, 2015.

  1. buckhunter

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    I want to share this with all of you, I am a UK taxidermist and recently I have been doing a few restoration jobs on old pieces. I got this Lion skin in a couple of months ago and discovered it was mounted in 1906 by the famous London firm Rowland Ward Ltd. He is a big chap, measuring just short of ELEVEN FEET nose to tail! With the help of John Bellucci, I think that it most likely comes from the (in John's words) thorn scrub areas of what was British East Africa where Lions reached a far greater size than anything we see today! My work included a full clean to remove decades of dust and dirt, remodelling teeth, lips, gums, nose and eye lids, re-furring the muzzle and other bald spots on the head, sewing holes in the skin, recolouring the felt edging and repairing and strengthening the cotton backing. Here are some before and after pictures for you - I think he came out looking pretty handsome for a 109 year old!
     

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  2. buckhunter

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    Closer view of the head
     

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  3. mmwtdh

    mmwtdh Member

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    Nice save...
     
  4. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    ready for another 109 years! great restoration job
     
  5. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

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    Turned out splendid! Nice work and great save, Patrick!
     
  6. Coryell

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    Sweet job. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Dangitboy

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    Well done!
     
  8. buckhunter

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    Thank you all, and thank you John once again for your help identifying him! Delivered yesterday to two very happy customers.
     
  9. saddlehorse_98

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    great job, sure was in terrible shape to start with.