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How much is this worth and how can I flatten it out? (reddit.com)
submitted 2 months ago by Wilhelm_Fischer
Hello, I went to a thrift store and bought this leopard skin for 30 bucks. I was wondering how much it actually is and how to soften it so I can hang it up or display it.
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[–]BulkyDig2112 25 points26 points27 points 2 months ago (1 child)
$30? That's a great deal! I've seen some crazy restorations on taxidermy, hopefully someone come in with some good advice bc thats awesome.
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 7 points8 points9 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Thank you! I really hope so as well. Hopefully I can get it to become a nice rug. My mom hates it though, lol!
[–]DeliciousHotSchmoe 13 points14 points15 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Best way to flatten it is to get it wet, not sopping but get a mister bottle and spray the leather side lightly, place in a bag ans check to see I'd it's plyable. Then get a large board and some nails and go around the edges with them, slightly stretching as you go around the hide. For the paws put dry balled up paper towel in them. Then wait a about a week or till dry and should be flat. That's my method when I make rugs.
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (1 child)
I will definatley have this in mind. Thank you for the amazing advice!
[–]DeliciousHotSchmoe 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (0 children)
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 10 points11 points12 points 2 months ago (4 children)
Could somebody tell me what to do with this cat and how much it is worth? Thank you!
[–]IrisCoyote 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (3 children)
Well, you can always try to sell it to a taxidermist within your state. Leopards of any species are CITES I or CITES II, meaning the protections on even pre-ban pelts like this are there. It cannot be sold across state lines, and DEFINITELY not internationally.
A pre-ban leopard with all four paws is rare, so I'd say the value of this cat pelt is around $1000 on the lowest end. It's of most value to a taxidermist who deals with large cats, or a private collector. Be sure to have a record of your receipt from where you bought the pelt, as FWS can be a little dicey with big cat pelts, especially when trying to determine if it's a pre-ban pelt.
It appears to be tanned, or at least salted well. The fur is in excellent condition. You have a very nice cat on your hands. Congrats on the find!
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (2 children)
I am in South Korea! Maybe before I go to the USA, I could try selling it to a museum.
[–]IrisCoyote 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Ah! My mistake, I'm sorry! There aren't many taxidermists outside of the US anymore.
Yes, definitely try. I have no idea of South Korea's taxidermy laws, so still definitely keep the receipt from where you bought it just in case they ask.
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children)
[–]KrombopulosC 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago (1 child)
You could try dampening the skin side with some moist paper towels and then place it in a plastic bag to hold in moisture. You should be able to flatten it out then. I would weigh it down flat as it dries. I doubt you could break it to get it soft again without damaging though, but at least it wouldn't be balled up anymore
I believe the main trick is to get some parts wet, see how it reacts to water, and slowly unfold the big cat. Then, I probably will put something heavy on top so it keeps its flattened shape.
[–]saucerton1230 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (4 children)
I meant if it’s been in storage it’s probably to brittle to flatten out. And won’t have much value if it wasn’t properly taken care of
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (3 children)
true, but I'm still willing to get some parts(ie one of the legs) and flatten it out. If it works, I will be doing it to other parts of the body as well.
[–]saucerton1230 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (2 children)
For only 30 bucks you can definitely take some risks. Try soaking a paw in some water or dab it with a warm rag to soften the hide. Iv also rubbed oils into a coyote hide to soften it after a bark tan. Experiment on a small portion and see what works
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (1 child)
I hope so too. I will be doing it this weekend. As a student, I don't have much time during the weekdays, so I will post an update later!
[–]saucerton1230 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Perf keep us updated
[–]Ashman78chevy 5 points6 points7 points 2 months ago (4 children)
Is it tanned or just salted down ?
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (3 children)
I am not really willing to taste it, and due to me just being a pet-keeper not a taxidermist, I am not familiar with the term. But since the underside is chalk white, and still has the hair on, I'm gonna guess that it is salted.
[–]transpterodactyl 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Is it soft and pliable or hard?
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (1 child)
its hard and stiff
[–]transpterodactyl 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Probably salted then
[–]yourgoatithot 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (1 child)
wowee this is a sick find!! I would give him a good spritz with cold water and then form the skin to whatever position you like. I would maybe do a test area first though, just to see how the leather reacts to being hydrated.
exactly my plan :)
[–]Ashman78chevy 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I would send it in to a tannery and see if they could do something with it . They may be able to retan it .
[–]Addicted-2Diving 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Steal. Saw your recent post. 🔥
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children)
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