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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 52a

Mouse Trap

1800-1850 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
This type of mouse trap was made from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The top block was raised and food put in, to tempt the mouse into the trap. When the mouse went in and pressed down a balance in the centre of the bottom board, the heavy block fell down and killed it. Later mouse traps worked with metal springs.

Ownership & Use
This mouse trap was probably made between 1800 and 1850. It was bought by the Museum in 1934 from a collector of early oak furniture.

Materials & Making
The mouse trap is made of pine, a relatively cheap wood which is easy to cut and shape. Few such mouse traps survive today as most were worn out and thrown away.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pine
Dimensions
  • Height: 18.4cm
  • Width: 25.4cm
  • Depth: 12cm
Dimensions checked: Registered Description; 31/01/1998 by MH
Object history
Made in England
Summary
Object Type
This type of mouse trap was made from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The top block was raised and food put in, to tempt the mouse into the trap. When the mouse went in and pressed down a balance in the centre of the bottom board, the heavy block fell down and killed it. Later mouse traps worked with metal springs.

Ownership & Use
This mouse trap was probably made between 1800 and 1850. It was bought by the Museum in 1934 from a collector of early oak furniture.

Materials & Making
The mouse trap is made of pine, a relatively cheap wood which is easy to cut and shape. Few such mouse traps survive today as most were worn out and thrown away.
Collection
Accession Number
W.10-1934

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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