Natural History / Taxidermy
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Overbeck's House, Devon (Accredited Museum)
To preserve a fish the insides are completely removed including the eyes and brain. The skin is treated to prevent decay with preservatives in solution or paste. The skin must then be stretched over a mount to retain the shape and prevent shrinkage. The final model needs to air dry to prevent mould growth. An artist would add the final painterly touches to add ‘lifelike’ colour to the scales and artificial eyes.
A bow-fronted glass display case containing a stuffed roach, mounted in a naturalistic setting. A label inside the case reads: 'caught at Croxby Pond, Lincs by Otto Overbeck September 26th 1902'.
Marks and inscriptions
Top right of interior back of case: Label reads 'caught at Croxby Pond, Lincs by Otto Overbeck September 26th 1902'.