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What Color Is This Fox Pelt And Is It Natural Or Dyed?

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by thylacinelover, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. So I bid on this fox pelt on ebay that's just simply listed as "brown fox". I've never seen a fox that dark brown before. I was wondering if its a natural color or if its been dyed? Aso, if its a natural color, what is the name of the color morph (burgundy, colicott, cinnamon, pastel, etc. for example)?
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/144008792280
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    Also really don't like those eyes they used. Is there a way to remove them without damaging the pelt and replace them with different eyes?

    Thanks.
     
  2. cynpeterson

    cynpeterson Member

    There are fox that are bred brown- burgandy, pastel, cinnamon, polish brown, dark amber, etc. This may be a bleached silver fox though. Hard to say
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  3. Chippers

    Chippers Active Member

    Definitely artificially colored
     
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  4. cynpeterson Gorgeous fox. What particular brown morph is he?
    Yes, it makes sense that the pelt shown would be a bleached silver. You can still kind of see the lighter silver furs peeking through in a lot of spots. I wasn't sure if those were patches of messing fur at first, but now that you brought up it being a dyed silver, I think it's just the undyed silver fur, rather than missing fur. Hopefully even though not natural, the color will still make for an interesting and unique piece for my very first taxidermy collection piece. Might even try my hand at making him my first mount if I can find the space for him in my apartment. Otherwise, I guess he'll just have to hang out on my wall.

    Chippers I was afraid of that. Although at the very least he'll make a nice starter project for my first mount if I decide to mount him. Although the photos kind of look like the seller already atleast partially mounted him. And those horrid googly-eyed looking cartoon eyes have got to go.
     
  5. cynpeterson

    cynpeterson Member

    The pic is of a cinnamon phase red fox. You can always try a test spot to rehydrate and see if you can redo the eyes.
     
  6. Chippers

    Chippers Active Member

    He looks like a vintage fur stole, though the fur looks to be in pretty nice condition. If you do decide to try and mount it, make sure everything is there to do so (bottom lip, etc.). It probably isn't prepped for taxidermy either. Most importantly though, do a rehydration test on the flank or somewhere it won't be noticed. Get a small piece of skin wet with salty water and gently stretch the skin. If the skin holds up, then you might be able to proceed. If the skin falls apart, I wouldn't touch it. The reason I say it looks like a vintage stole is because they all have that similarly shaped face and goofy eyes.
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  7. He arrived today.
    Full body shots laying on my washing machine
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    There’s this metal thing in his mouth for some reason. Is it there for a purpose or can it be pulled out?
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    More pics in next post.
     
  8. Looks like they used the real nose.
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    He has legs and feet including some of his claws too although it looks like some of the paws may be incomplete/partially damaged.
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    More of him at other angles lying down
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  9. No real ears on him. Tuffs of fur in the shape of ears.
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    Full body shots being held out vertically. Front and back.
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    His temporary home in my room until I get a shelf to display him on.
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    He’s also very soft.
    Also pretty sure at this point he’s not mountable unfortunately. Still a neat collectible though.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2021
  10. Chippers

    Chippers Active Member

    Yeah, definitely not mountable. I'd guess the metal piece in the mouth is a clip so it stays in place when someone is wearing it. Could totally be wrong though
     
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