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by Malcolm Hess
A Remarkable Find
While visiting my cousin, he
tells me about his friend finding something obviously man-made sticking
out of a tree. Knowing that I am a trap and hunting nut, he
thought I might be interested, and I was, so we made arrangements to
After arriving at John's house and initial introductions, we listened
to his account of the find while he slurped coffee out of what appeared
to be a quart size mug. "I was in the woods up on the hill when I found
it" John said, "I nearly bumped into it while walking by a tree." At
this point, he pulls out a brass looking object that turns out to be a
F.C. Taylor 22 caliber "Fur Getter" set-gun (patent
diagram). "It was screwed into the
tree and I had a hell of a time gettin' it out. I didn't know what I
found, but knew it had been there awhile" as he bends
over slightly towards his kitchen wall showing us how high off the
ground it was when he found it. While inspecting it further, John
was still unsure of his find. "I was cleaning it up with
some fine steel wool and didn't realize what it was until I saw the
words 'Taylor Fur Getter' and had someone looked it up online for me.
Here I was rubbing away on that damn thing and it was still loaded and
pointed at me most the time" as he chuckled and grinned. I
could see John was proud of his find and he never brought up the
All cleaned up it
appeared to be in pretty good condition for possibly
being out in the elements in Northern PA for some seventy to eighty
years. The brass components of the set-gun weathered the years a lot
better than the steel parts which had
moderate pitting over most of their surfaces.
After we left John's house, we were taking the short ride back to my
cousin's. I'm still excited and absorbed in thought about the Fur
Getter and what a find it was. I mean, what were the chances after all
these years of finding something like that? How long had it been
forgotten? Could there be more still out in the area? Who left it
there? Why was it left there? How can I get John to relinquish the
Getter to my care?
All these conundrums were buzzing around in my
head when cousin Dave interrupts these ponderings with "man did you see
the size of that coffee cup!?"
Note: The above featured article is a true incident; unfortunately, I haven't any pictures of the find. :-(
of the Day
A new lieutenant in the French Foreign Legion arrives at
an isolated base in Algeria. As a corporal shows him is quarters, he
asks the corporal, "The base is rather isolated, what do the men do for
The corporal replies, "On Fridays, they let us use the camels."
The lieutenant can't believe it. On Friday, he stands around the camel
pen to see what happens. Suddenly, he hears the camp bugler blow a
charge on his horn.
The ensuing chaos was amazing... men from all over the camp descended on
the camel pens like huns attacking a village. Out of the swarm of men,
the lieutenant sees the same corporal he met on his first day. He grabs
the man by the arm. The corporal shouts, "Let me go! Let me go!"
"Good God man," said the lieutenant. "There are 200 men here and 500
camels. What's your hurry?"
The corporal replied, "I don't want to get stuck with an ugly one!"
Man's Best Friend
The blind man was out walking with his seeing eye dog when suddenly the
animal paused and wet the man's leg. Bending down, the blind man
stretched out his hand and patted the dog's head.
Having watched what happened,
a passerby said, "Say, why are you
patting him? That dog just peed on your leg!"
"I know," said the blind man,
"but I gotta find his head before I can
kick his butt."
TUSCARORA VALLEY EXTRAVAGANZA
Swap meet and Memorabilia Show
Sept 16th & 17th, 2011
Tuscarora Valley Heritage Grounds
6201 Rt. 75 South
East Waterford, PA 17021
Contact for show - Terry Swartz (717)-536-3733
TRAP COLLECTORS AUCTION
Saturday, Oct. 8th, 2011 at 10 AM
Clinton County Fairgrounds
Contact George Kapp - (570) 458-4384
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I have a trap S. Newhouse No. 5 Kenwood, N.Y (pic1,
pic2) can you give me info regarding age, value, etc.
You have an early Kenwood NY #5 Newhouse bear trap
that is probably around 120 years old. The trap appears correct with
trip-hammered springs. It also
has overall pitting, and considerable pan wear. As to
value, in its present condition, $600. - $750.
I have a double longspring Newhouse, the pan has a date Sept ? lOOKS
LIKE 1811. With #50 on the pan. It has cast jaws with teeth, any
info will be greatly appreciated. Value . Thanks again.
Sounds like you have a patent date Newhouse #50. Your trap was probably
made between 1911 to approximately 1925. The date on the pan should
read "Sept. 26. 1911". Without seeing the trap, and
the pan not being precisely readable would suggest that the body of the trap has
some overall wear also. As to value, I would guess somewhere in the $500. to $700. range depending on
correctness and ultimate condition.
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Links of Interest
Antique Mouse & Rat Trap Gallery
The Old Trap Collector
Fur-Fish-Game Online Magazine
National Trappers Association
Trap Collectors Forum At Yahoo
Wolf Trap Comparison Page
Seems like there have been a lot of country auctions lately with lots of collector traps.
next newsletter's featured
article will be on Trap Patents.
"I really enjoyed
the article and pictures about your experience at the trap auction in PA. Sounds like an auction I went to in the past, just didn't have any luck."
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