This firm was founded in 1872 by John Betteridge at 294, Broad Street, Birmingham, 1878, he had moved to 36, Suffolk Street, and by 1892 to 31, Suffolk Street. Aroud 1900, the business became known as ' John Betteridge & Son'. In abou 1916, they moved to 150, Great Colmore Street, then in 1935 to 55A, Lee Crescent, Edgbaston. W.B. Betteridge (1875-1958), the son continued in business until shortly before his death in 1958.
The firm geared their business to the setting up of major displays for museums and their work included the Chase Collection of birds with their nest and eggs, now at Birmingham City Museum, and the Beale Memorial Collection at the same place. The latter used to occupy the Beale Memorial Gallery, and was refurbished and rearranged in about 1966.
We have bought major collections from museums and private collectors.
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Ayre & Co does not source modern taxidermy specimens that have been killed for the purpose of taxidermy. Our modern taxidermy is mainly roadkill and catkill as these are sadly the top two threats to British wildlife. We also get animals that have died of old age, largely from zoos and falconers.
Antique pieces for us are another matter. Although some of these old specimens were hunted, we see no harm in trading them today.
Destroying them will not bring the animal back.
Taxidermy law can be complicated. We make it our business to know the laws surrounding the trade, keeping up to date with changes in current legislation so you can buy in confidence.
Taxidermy Stag head, Taxidermy Crow, Taxidermy mouse, Taxidermy fox, Taxidermy Tiger head, Taxidermy lion, Taxidermy Bear Head, Taxidermy Moose head, Taxidermy parrot, Taxidermy Owl, Taxidermy eagle, taxidermy falcon, taxidermy toucan, taxidermy peacock, taxidermy giraffe, taxidermy unicorn, taxidermy robin, taxidermy pheasant, narwhal tusk, taxidermy leopard head, taxidermy Jay, Taxidermy Badger, Taxidermy Flamingo, Taxidemry Polar Bear, Taxidermy Zebra Head, Taxidermy Platypus, Taxidermy Kiwi, Taxidermy Dog, Taxidermy Pets, Taxidermy freaks, Anthropomorphic taxidermy, Victorian taxidermy, contemporary taxidermy, taxidermy in glass domes, Taxidermy crocodile, Taxidermy kingfisher, Skulls, mounted Butterflies, Entomology, Coco De Mer, Fossils, Horns, Antlers, Curiosities, stuffed animals.
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