THE IRISH ELK. Megaloceros Giganteus

Irish Elk Horns at Westley Richards




The Irish Elk in my office (top picture) has always attracted a great deal of comment. Having a span of 11 feet I am always asked ‘what is it’ and ‘where did you hunt it’! The antlers are actually  a cast of a set I purchased at auction about 15 years ago. They were on display for some time in our shop in Springfield, Missouri where I had them cast, reproduced and made into a giant light fitting! In 2000 we took the Irish Elk to Las Vegas Safari Club as part of our display and could have taken many bookings there for hunting the species!

The Giant Deer (or ‘Irish Elk’) lived during the Pleistocene Period of the Great Ice Age. It probably originated in Siberia but migrated westward under the influence of increasing cold. Its range extended over a wide part of central Europe and Asia and the largest concentration of its remains have been found in Ireland, chiefly in the marl underlying bogland. This marl has a high calcium carbonate content, which assists in preserving the bones. The majority of these ancient antlers were discovered in caves in Counties Waterford, Cork and Clare. They have long been a feature of the Irish banqueting hall and are particularly suited to the Scottish baronial style.

When I moved the USA shop from Missouri to Montana the casts came back to England, along with the mould. Anyone interested in a faithful reproduction can let me know. An original set of Antlers achieved a sale price of £43,250 at Christies last year.

17 thoughts on “THE IRISH ELK. Megaloceros Giganteus

  1. I am in the process of reopening the oldest Irish bar in Los Angeles. We want, scratch that, NEED a cast of these. We have a dining hall that is in need of a focal point, and these antlers definitely fit the bill.

    Thank You,
    Jordan Delp

  2. Would love to know what a cast of this animal would run. Please email me some information on cost, availability and any other pertinent information you deem important. Irish Elk Lover – Leo

  3. Hi I have a 12 ft set of Irish elk antlers taken from a original I would gladly email you some pictures to see what you think many thanks Chris.

    • Hello Chris: I saw your posting on the Irish elk antlers, I would be very interested in seeing pix and discussing them.

  4. Hello Simon: I am beginning a venue that will offer European carved panels for a number of different trophies, I have a beautiful panel designed for Red Stag euro mounts that I would reconfigure to provide a fitting back drop to your Irish Elk antlers.

    I would like the opportunity to discuss the possibility of representing the sale of sets of antlers on a carved panel, with you (unless of course you are actively marketing them yourself?)

    My venue is in the very early start up phase, so funds are about non existent. I plan to have the largest variety of European carved panels available both to the trade as well as the individual sportsman, with plans to design a line of carved panels specifically for African game (of 84 species of antelope in the world, 72 occur in Africa) with an instantly recognizable African motif.

    • I am interested in finding a complete, large, Irish Elk skeleton (Megaloceros Giganteus) of museum quality for a client. If not, I can settle for an original set of Irish Elk Antlers to include the original skull. If anyone can help me, please contact me at

  5. Mr. Clode,
    I am interested in the Irish Elk reproduction antlers you describe.
    Please, send me photos, description, dimensions and current pricing, if you can.
    Thank you.
    Robert Bosselman

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