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Vintage Rowland Ward Taxidermy, Magazine Rack.
A rather impressive magazine rack made by the renowned British taxidermist, Rowland Ward of Piccadilly, London. The rack is with weaved brass strips and two Caribou feet. The base is marked 'Rowland Ward Limited, Piccadilly'. The stand is in good condition. Ca. 1880.

Caribou, also known as reindeer, are found in northern regions of North America, Europe, Asia, and Greenland.

Rowland Ward (1848 – 1912) was the founder of the world-renowned taxidermy firm 'Rowland Ward Ltd'. They were located in Piccadilly and specialized in big game trophies, but they took on all aspects of taxidermy. Rowland learned his craft from his father, Henry, who was also a well-known taxidermist in his day, as did his brother Edwin. Rowland started out on his own in about 1872 at premises in Harley Street trading as 'J Rowland Ward', his real name was actually James Rowland Ward. A few years later he moved from Harley Street (although he retained these premises until his death) to Piccadilly and traded under the name 'Ward & Co. Ltd'. In 1898 the business was again renamed and became 'Rowland Ward Ltd.', at which it remained.

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