The business of Murray of Carnforth was established in 1872 by Henry Murray and continued with his son Albert James until Albert retired in 1961, originally trading as H. Murray and later as H. Murray and son from premises in Scotland Rd., Carnforth. The Murrays produced taxidermy of the highest quality equal with other top class taxidermist of that era. Their output was various, producing work for museums, most notably Kendal, decorative cases for the private market and trophies for the hunting fraternity. The most often seen cases are the "picture frame" type which Murray is renowned for, very well executed with a painted background. Not as numerous but just as well presented are his all glass cases containing singles, pairs or family groups, mostly to be found in museums. Kendal Museum houses the finest collection of Murray taxidermy including extinct species and is well worth a visit. Less often seen are cases of the box type and with glass sides and front and also domes. The Murrays usually labelled their work. Cases having a large label on the back and a small label on the inside, either on the background or groundwork, there are exceptions as unlabelled Murray cases can be found.
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.
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