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Found Taxidermy Need Help Identifying And Appraissal. Was There Taxidermy In 1867? Thanks In Advance

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Frank healy, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Frank healy

    Frank healy New Member

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  2. Frank healy

    Frank healy New Member

    Thank you John.
  3. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    I personally would be afraid of this
    Arsenic and asbestos
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  4. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Clew, don't know about the potential Arsenic, but wouldn't the asbestos only be a concern for the taxidermist when mounting?
  5. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    It remains an issue, most of these had asbestos mix to back thes fish
  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    It's in a case and very doubtful that anyone will be trying to eat or lick it. Clean the glass, polish the wood and enjoy it. Value? Not a lot except for it's a vintage item.
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  7. Frank healy

    Frank healy New Member

    Thank you for your reply.
  8. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Frank you didn't say what you wanted to do with this, but the value is next to nothing except some value on the cover. My guess is that its a poorly mounted yellow perch. Good luck JL
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  9. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

    The River Bure appears to grow some monster perch. There is an article online showing a guy with a 3#12oz and a 3#14oz perch from the same day. These can’t be the same species of yellow perch we have in the states are they?
  10. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    why would wt be listed in lbs
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  11. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I think it is a great find! If you want to part with it, let me know.
  12. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    European Yellow Perch look very much like ours but are actually a different species (Our is Perca flavescens and theirs is Perca fluviatilis). The European yellow perch can reach larger size than ours.

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  13. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Are you sure they also used it on the fish along with the birds and mammals?

    I'm actually surprised it held up as well as it did for that old. Of course the glass case helped tremendously.
  14. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Arsenic and asbestos scare you younger guys because of the words and not of their potency. Arsenic is a very heavy metal that unless you had your head underneath a shredder, you'd never inhale enough to make you ill and as Sea Wolf said, don't go licking it to see. And actually, the arsenic used was minute. It was heated along with soap and became an early fixture for lady's rooms during the Victorian era, thought to brighten the skin. Arsenic soap was made with the more stable gray arsenic and in combination with the soap used in taxidermy, created few problems. Asbestos is another voodoo word today for much the same reason. Working constantly in an asbestos, airborne environment, inhaling the element can prove disastrous. In today's world, asbestos REMOVAL seems to be more hazardous that living inside a house with asbestos siding.

    Old taxidermy and old typewriters serve the same purpose. If you want to look at them and reminisce as to what might have been, it's priceless. Otherwise it's just junk that should be discarded.
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  15. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    That "Make an offer" block pretty well sums it up. I saw one exactly like that in an antique shop in Princess Anne, Maryland last week. It had $50 on it but the last said she'd take $35.
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