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Mouse trap

Mouse trap

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pine

  • Museum number:

    W.10-1934

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 52a, case 3

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.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pine

Dimensions

Height: 18.4 cm, Width: 25.4 cm, Depth: 12 cm

Object history note

Made in England

Categories

Household objects; Death

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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