Can you save having taxidermy work done in South Africa

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I did this deer when I was 25 and couldn't afford a taxidermist. Not that good but am amazed the hair has never slipped

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So, I've been twice to RSA since 2014. Two outfitters and two RSA taxidermist. Went with RSA taxidermist since I convinced myself that clearing and dealing with "completed" taxidermy would be a lot less logistics, and less decisions for me to have to make. (Maybe I was being a
little lazy.)
So to the experts on this thread:
I have 4 shoulder mounts in the living room and 4 euro mounts in the garage. The horn appearances range from black & cracked to shiny & fresh. Yes, I've compared the appearance to the photos I have of the animals fresh on the ground. I contacted the taxidermist about the set that are black and cracked - response was they all look like that for that species (wildebeest).
I have 3 sets of Whitetail antlers which were done with a little Clorox and a brush and are 30+ years old. They all look better than the African horns.
So I am a little disappointed in the horn appearance.
But the question is, would the degradation occur if I had them just "dip & packed" in Africa ?
Or does the boiling process, occur for dip & pack and finished taxidermy in Africa?
(
I have read on AH that it is this boiling process that does the damage vs the beetle process to the horns.)
Thanks

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So, I've been twice to RSA since 2014. Two outfitters and two RSA taxidermist. Went with RSA taxidermist since I convinced myself that clearing and dealing with "completed" taxidermy would be a lot less logistics, and less decisions for me to have to make. (Maybe I was being a
little lazy.)
So to the experts on this thread:
I have 4 shoulder mounts in the living room and 4 euro mounts in the garage. The horn appearances range from black & cracked to shiny & fresh. Yes, I've compared the appearance to the photos I have of the animals fresh on the ground. I contacted the taxidermist about the set that are black and cracked - response was they all look like that for that species (wildebeest).
I have 3 sets of Whitetail antlers which were done with a little Clorox and a brush and are 30+ years old. They all look better than the African horns.
So I am a little disappointed in the horn appearance.
But the question is, would the degradation occur if I had them just "dip & packed" in Africa ?
Or does the boiling process, occur for dip & pack and finished taxidermy in Africa?
(
I have read on AH that it is this boiling process that does the damage vs the beetle process to the horns.)
Thanks

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Who was the taxidermist if you don't mind me asking.
 

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