Accession number: 75.F.39
Measurements: 12.5 cm L x 5 cm W x 6.5 cm H
Narrative: Before patented mousetraps were common, rodent traps were made by local blacksmiths and varied widely in design. This version is appears to have worked by using a spring triggered 'kill bar' which would fall on the rodent's head as he went for the bait. It is somewhat similar in appearance to a later commercial 'snap shot' trap. New mousetrap patents are still being granted today to inventers hoping the world will 'beat a path to their door.'
Description: Block of wood with a hole in each side at each end which goes 3/4 of the way through the block. Each hole has a slit at the top in which sits a spring mechanism held by a wire. There is a metal bar on each side which fits into a latch of the spring mechanism and drops down when the latch is released. The bars that fall pivot on a nail and are held in on the other end by a bar which forms a slot. There is another bar at the bottom of the hole to stop the bar from falling further. The block of wood is cut out at the top 2.5 cm from each end so is only 5 cm high in the middle. Double duty, handmade.