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!