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Mouse Trap

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T1414
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1750 - 1850


This wooden 'deadfall' mousetrap was used in England around 200 years ago.Mice were accepted, if not welcomed, in the average household until fairly recently. This trap worked by tempting the mouse on to the base plate which was baited with a tasty piece of food attached to a cord. The cord was fixed to a pin which took the weight of the block. Once the mouse bit through the cord the heavy block of elm was released and the mouse was killed. This type of mechanism was called a 'deadfall'. It was an effective weapon against household vermin.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Medium:Joined and turned.
Place of Origin:Sussex - possibly, England


Height:30.2 cm
Width:10.2 cm
Depth:19.5 cm