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19th Century Eagle Claw Fish And Animal Trap A Prized Rarity
19th Century Eagle Claw Fish And Animal Trap A Prized Rarity

Antique Trap Collecting

Tom Parr

Philadelphia machinist Benjamin Smith patented what is known as the Eagle Claw trap in 1877. S.W. Evans & Son of Frankford, Pennsylvania, manufactured the trap. Evans first made metal parts for umbrella frames but later branched out to produce a variety of items including knife sharpeners, knitting spool winders, and the Eagle Claw trap. During World War II, the firm made rifle grenades and bomb fuses.

Most of the Eagle Claw Traps I have seen had Pat. Apl. 17-77 E.W. Evans & Son Frankford PA stamped on the brass base.

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February 2018