Object detail

Wooden trap frame with base and stand at back. Steel spring and trapping bar. Top of stand broken and worn. Release catch at back.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Pest Control rat trap
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Vermin Control trap
Production place
L182 x W102 x H147 mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Woods)
Steel (Metals - Ferrous)
<Printed on back > PENNSYLVANA\RAT\TRAP\...\...U.S.A.
History and use
This rat trap has an unusual design. The trapping bar was hooked vertically and when the pedal on the base was triggered, the bar closed on the rat. Usually rat traps are horizontally configured. The design of the horizontal snap trap for killing rodents was first patented in the 1890s by American, John Mast. The design has remained fairly consistent for one hundred or more years, with the bait secured on a pedal, which releases a striker when triggered.

This object is part of the Marks collection, donated to the Queensland Museum by Dr E.N. Marks. The Marks were a prominent Brisbane family who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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