Origin: African Period: Late Victorian Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1900 The Larger: 58” wide x 15” deep x 16” high The Smaller: 40” wide x 13” deep x 9” high
The full mount juvenile African nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus), one larger, both being cord sewn, with glass eyes, in snarling poses with full sets of teeth, and lustrous thick skin, surviving from the turn of the nineteenth century.
The crocodiles are presented in varying condition. One is in nigh on perfect order, the smaller of the two, which only suffers from some small digit losses. The larger specimen suffers from a loss to one front leg, and loss to the tail end, and elsewhere a handful of digits have suffered small amounts of loss. This type of loss is very common with such mounts, and overall, as a pair they still retain much decorative merit. We have given them a light brush of oil and a clean from dust deposits.
The Crocodile ~ Lewis Carroll, 1832 – 1898
How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale!
How cheerfully he seems to grin, How neatly spreads his claws, And welcomes little fishes in, With gently smiling jaws!