Object StatementRabbit trap, 'Ace', metal, made by Henry Lane (Australia) Ltd, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 1935-1960
Physical DescriptionRabbit trap, 'Ace', metal, made by Henry Lane (Australia) Ltd, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 1935-1960
A classic steel-jawed, or gin, trap consisting of a pair of jaws held closed by spring tension and a triggering mechanism. The trap is constructed on a base consisting of a bar of steel, the stock bar, which is bent over to form a powerful bow spring. At the end of the spring is a hole, the spring eye, which encircles and closes the jaws when the trap is triggered. The jaws are 92mm in width. They close over the top of the bridge, plate and tongue mechanism that is designed to trigger the trap. An 8-link chain is attached by a hook on the bent end of the trap's spring. A long steel spike is looped over the last link of the other end of the chain. The jaws of the trap are flat, without ridges.
MarksThere are three deep score marks on the underside of the stock bar. They were probably put there by the rabbit trapper in order to identify his traps.