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Description
Bow spring attached to middle of wooden base board, cheese hook at front, striker bow hook at back. Text printed on base.
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Pest Control mouse trap
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Vermin Control trap
Production place
USA
Measurements
L20 x W180 x H85 mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Woods), Steel (Metals - Ferrous)
Signature/Marks
<In black on base > AUTO-SET \ RAT TRAP \ SELECTIVE ACTION TRIGGER \ RELEASES BY UPWARD PULL \ OR\DOWNWARD PRESSURE \ MADE BY \ ANIMAL TRAP CO. \ OF AMERICA \ LITITZ \ PA \ PAT. PEND. MADE IN U.S.A. SAFE \ TO \ SET \ SURE \ TO \ GO \ BOW WITH \ RIGHT \ HAND \ AND \ PRESS \ DOWN
History and use
This design of 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 bait pedal, which released 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.
Associated person
Registration number
H24760

Country

USA

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