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Ashmead and Co

This business, which possibly spanned three or four generations, was originally at 10 Duke Street, Grovesnor Square in the 1830s.The firm, which was also known as G B Ashmead & Son and later G B Ashmead Junior, had various addresses in the Bishopsgate area. The 35 Bishopsgate address is thought to have been run by Argent Ashmead (?son of G B Ashmead Junior). (Ref: Frost, C: 1987: A History of British Taxidermy. The Lavenham Press) 

HMCMS:Bi1977.192 hawk owl, Surnia ulula, 2 specimens, prepared by Ashmead and Co., 35 Bishopsgate, London, 1870-1879

HMCMS:Bi2004.2 Case of 36 birds (26 species) from the kingfisher family, prepared by Ashmead and Co.,35 Bishopsgate, London, 1865 - 1880. A label in the case states: 'Prize medal, 1862 / ASHMEAD & Co / 35, Bishopsgate / Without.

Hawk Owls

Hawk owl, Surnia ulula, 2 specimens, prepared by Ashmead and Co., 35 Bishopsgate, London, 1870-1879
Accession no HMCMS:Bi1977.192

Kingfishers

Case of 36 birds (26 species) from the kingfisher family, prepared by Ashmead and Co., 35 Bishopsgate, London, 1865 - 1880. A label in the case states: 'Prize medal, 1862 / ASHMEAD & Co / 35, Bishopsgate / Without’.

Species represented include:  Halcyon smyrnensis (White-breasted Kingfisher), Alcedo atthis (Kingfisher), Dacelo leachii (Blue-winged Kookaburra, male), Tanysiptera sylvia(Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher), Halcyon macleayii (Forest Kingfisher), Halcyon chloris (Mangrove Kingfisher), Ceyx azureus (Azure Kingfisher), Alcedo amadoni (Blue-eared Kingfisher), Alcedo pulchella (Banded Kingfisher, male and female), Tanysiptera riedelii (Biak Paradise Kingfisher), Pelargopsis capensis (Stork-billed Kingfisher),Halcyon pileata (Black-capped Kingfisher), Ceryle torquata (Ringed Kingfisher), Ceryle rudis (Pied Kingfisher), Megaceryle alcyon (Crested Kingfisher), Halcyon coromanda(Ruddy Kingfisher), Halcyon leucocephala (Grey-headed Kingfisher), Alcedo crista(Malachite Kingfisher), Chloroceryle americana (Green Kingfisher, male and female),Cittura cyanotis (Celebes Flat-billed Kingfisher, immature male?), Ceyx erithacus(Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher), Ceyx melanurus (Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher), Alcedo euryzuna (Blue-banded Kingfisher, female), ?Alcedo lepida (?Variable Dwarf Kingfisher),Chloroceryle amazona (Amazon Kingfisher, female), ?Chloroceryle aenea (?American pygmy - but bill is wrong colour), Actenoides monachus monachus (Celebes Green Kingfisher, male)

Accession no HMCMS:Bi2004.2