Polar Bear Rug (log no:460)
Adrian Johnstone Taxidermist
Condition And Statement
The fur is yellow in colour, partly due to age, but would benefit from being cleaned professionally.
There are two splits in the skin which have been stitched when the skin was first prepared, but where the stitching has now worn out. These are just behind the front legs. Please see photographs.
The backing is a good thin canvas in green, in good condition. It is edged with blue felt which is worn in places.
The bridge of the muzzle is worn, see pictures.
The teeth and tongue are artificial but very realistic and in good condition.
Total length is 2.24 metres including tail and backing.
Span of front legs is 2.02 metres including backing.
This polar bear skin rug came from Canada. It was bought back by an airman who was serving in the Air Force in Canada there up until around 1970. He bought it over to UK at that time.
This is the provenance for the rug:
"The polar bear skin and skull was given to my father in Newfoundland, Canada prior to 1970.
My father was in the US Air Force and was based in Labrador. He was given the skin and skull by some indigenous people who he became friendly with. I believe that the bear was killed for its meat and my father was offered the skin and skull as a gift. Obviously because of the year he has never had a licence for it.
My father left Labrador around 1969/1970 and came to the UK with the skin and skull. It has remained at his home in Suffolk."
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