Peregrine Falcon by Peter Spicer & Sons of Royal Leamington Spa

£ 4750

Circa 1910 with trade mark pebble. In an all glass case, the taxidermy within of unparalleled success. Tiny crack to top piece of glass which is unnoticeable. This is the only case I have ever had by Spicer that has a bronze type frame (instead of the usual paper tape) this would most likely have been for an exceptional client, possibly even George Lodge who was a regular customer, falconer and renowned artist of the Falcon.

The peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
The fastest bird in the world, as well as the fastest member of the animal kingdom. The highest measured speed of a peregrine falcon is 242 mph. As is typical for raptors, peregrine falcons are sexually dimorphic, with females being considerably larger than males. As is the case with this splendid large adult female.
A bird that has always inspired and none so more than in the world of falconry were traditionally the Peregrine was the bird of the nobility, highly prized, and for good reasons.
The Peregrine can be found nearly everywhere on Earth. The only major ice-free landmass from which it is entirely absent is New Zealand. It mates for life and nests in a scrape, normally on cliff edges or, in recent times, on tall man-made structures.
The Peregrine falcon became an endangered species in the early 20th Century because of the widespread use of certain pesticides, especially DDT. Since the ban on DDT from the early 1970s, populations have recovered.
The famous establishment of Peter Spicer & sons, of 10 Victoria terrace, Royal Leamington spa was a most prestigious address, and was not full of taxidermy as one might assume, it had a beautiful, simple oak paneled show room. This room is illustrated in my book “A Record of Spicer’s”, and there right in the middle of that room was a very similar case of Peregrines to the one we are selling.

Height 67cm x 55cm wide x 43cm depth

Ref: 22002

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