Two thylacine skulls in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland
are worthy of special mention. They are unique in that they have
been mounted on wooden shields in the form of hunting trophies. Each
shield carries a brass plaque with the wording "Collection of Sir Thomas
Grattan Esmonde - 1899". Sir Thomas visited Hobart in March of
1899, and it is likely these thylacines were shot during his visit.
The skulls were mounted by the famous Dublin taxidermy firm of Williams
& Sons, and were gifted to the museum in 1923.
NMINH 1923.33.1 and 1923.33.2. Courtesy: National Museum of Ireland.
International Thylacine Specimen Database (2013).
A number of thylacine skulls within the ITSD reveal evidence of direct
trauma i.e., fractures to the cranium resulting from the method of dispatch
(clubbing). Others are the rescued components of redundant taxidermy
cranium, specimen: OUM 7935. Courtesy: Oxford University Museum of
Natural History. Source: International Thylacine Specimen Database
component from taxidermy, specimen: RMNH Jen C. Courtesy: Naturalis
[Leiden]. Photo: N. Ayliffe, International Thylacine Specimen Database
Within the decorative arts collection of the Tasmanian Museum & Art
Gallery is a unique object made from the lower jaw of a thylacine [TMAG
specimen A1280]. The object is a pin cushion and was crafted by Miss
Emily Ferrar around 1900 as her entry in the fancy needlework section of
the Glamorgan Horticultural Show. The pin cushion is one of the few
thylacine specimens where the locality of capture can be accurately determined,
the thylacine having been killed on the Ferrar family property in Milton.
jaw pincushion. Courtesy: Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery.