Tag Archives: Africa

Taxidermy: Exploring one of the Most Complicated Collectibles

Carl Akeley, considered the father of modern taxidermy, was also a talented sculptor, naturalist, and an inventor. He worked on these elephants at the Field Museum but also has a history of working with another famous elephant. While an apprentice at Ward’s Natural Science Establishment, he preserved P. T. Barnum’s beloved elephant Jumbo after a train accident. The project took five months. Fighting African Elephants, photo: Field Museum

by Kary Pardy Someone mentions taxidermy and a few main themes come to mind: trophies in hunting lodges, decor in rustic cabins, or the old stuffed fox at your grandparent’s house or neighborhood antique store. The practice of preserving dead animals was once an art form, and in several ways still is, but taxidermy’s relationship […]

Thimble Collecting: A Small Passion

Thimble Collecting: A Small Passion

By Bridget McConnel It is useful to have some idea of the history and the earliest known examples of needles, awls, pushers and thimbles to understand why people collect thimbles – a rather insignificant industrial device to stop fingers from becoming pin cushions. Sewn work appears as early as ca. 30,000 b.c. on the Cro-Magnon […]

Ken’s Korner: Number of rhinoceroses in Mozambique is zero

Ken’s Korner: Number of rhinoceroses in Mozambique is zero

Ken’s Korner: Number of rhinoceroses in Mozambique is zero News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall It’s official: There are no rhinoceroses left in Mozambique, Africa. They’ve been hunted down and wiped out by poachers, anxious to claim the horns for their alleged healing properties (although none of these […]