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Tool marked "hand trap." Consists of wooden handle, turned and stained, w/ black painted tip and holes w/ rawhide strap looped through. Springy metal coils at end of handle, painted black. "Trap" is a steel "V" shaped piece w/ one end adjustable via coil at bottom.
wood (plant material)
Engraved on metal top: ""WESTERN CARTRIDGE CO/ EAST ALTON, ILL USA/ U.S. PAT 1865-173"" Adhesive label on handle: ""Western/ HAND TRAP/ WESTERN CARTRIDGE CO./ EAST ALTON, ILL U.S.A./ MADE IN U.S.A.""
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.),
Western Cartridge Co. (Maker)
East Alton, IL, USA
16.25 x 2.125 (HxW), 0.875 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker