A Cape Buffalo trophy
£500 - £800
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.
Lots 435-442 come from the collection of Lieutenant-Colonel
Walter Hall (1891-1980) – soldier, Member of Parliament and a fanatical hunter
of big game. After his death the specimens featured became the property of the
celebrated gun company Holland and Holland and were kept at their country
shooting centre near Ruislip.
Two of the pieces are of particular interest. The enormous
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) head is of such spectacular proportions that it
was chosen to be shown at the important exhibition of big game trophies held in
Berlin during 1937 under the auspices of the Nazi party. Apparently, Hitler
himself attended. The Rhino head is also of considerable significance. The vast
majority of antique rhino heads are Black Rhinos (Diceros bicornis) but this
specimen is of a White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum) a species that was only
preserved on comparatively rare occasions.