“I am often asked to explain the antler types and the differences between elk and deer antler, which are the two most common antler we use in our chandeliers”, says Jim Swanson, Antler Chandeliers & Lighting Company owner.
Elk vs. Deer Antlers
Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer and Moose are all members of the “deer family” and all are native to North America and found in the western United States. The antler from these magnificent animals are found throughout the Rocky Mountains and all are native to Montana, where I source my antler, within miles of our facility.
Elk antler is the largest of the western antlers and has a noticeably elongated shape with many points coming off one large main beam. The color of elk antler is gorgeous, with brown and red umber tones gradually changing to a polished ivory color at the ends of the tips. This wide range of color and texture gives elk antler a depth that is unique among all of the types of antler. A large individual elk antler will weigh up to 10 lbs each, with some weighing even more. Elk are also a much larger animal than the two lesser deer species of Mule Deer and Whitetail deer. Elk antler is used in our facility regularly and that type of antler lends itself to larger designs that range from 42 inches in diameter to 72 inches in diameter. The stately appeal of elk antler definitely “Captures The Spirit Of West”. Visit our Chandeliers page or lamps page to see the elk antler designs.
MULE DEER ANTLER
Mule Deer antler is much different than elk in shape and size. It is smaller and not elongated, but beautiful none the less. One large mule deer antler will weigh 2 pounds. Mule Deer antler has an appealing texture and color that ranges from light gray to medium browns with polished light colored tips. Mule deer antler has a graceful sweeping shape that when arranged in a design, creates an appealing structure that captivates the human eye. Mule deer lends itself to designs in the 32 to 40 inch diameter range. Mule Deer Antler Chandeliers are a great choice for many room placements. It’s a beautiful antler to work with. Visit our Chandeliers page or Lamps page to see the beautiful Mule Deer Designs.
WHITETAIL DEER ANTLER
Whitetail deer antler is different yet, with a much lighter color cast and shorter more sharply angular shape without the gentle sweeping arcs like mule deer has. The diameter ranges for whitetail antler are less than that of mule deer and lend themselves to an appealing design that will range from 24 to 29 inches. Visit our Chandelier page or Lamps page to see the Whitetail deer designs.
Moose antler has a completely different look than other types of deer. Moose has a round base that quickly changes to a very wide, palmated shape. Moose antler is heavy, some individual antlers will weigh 10 pounds with some large moose antler weighing much more. Moose antler lends itself to larger designs from 40 inch diameter on up to 65 inches.
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