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Object Name Trap, Bear
Catalog Number 1939.315
Date ca. 1776
Material(s) Wrought iron;
Dimensions H-12 W-12 D-6 inches
Description This bear trap is made of worked iron. It has a base of iron 12 ½" long and 1 ¼" wide. In the center a release (or "dog") is welded to it which sticks out perpendicularly. The trigger (or pan) is missing. On each end of the base, the jaws of the trap are attached with a hinge and the jaws are smooth. Two springs, shaped like a "V", are at each end of the jaws. They sit perpendicular to the base and jaws, in the setting position. The springs have round openings at the wide end. The hinged end of the jaws sit in the spring openings. The opening of one spring is larger than the opening of the other spring. The former is also broken at the small end.
Notes It looks like the broken spring might be origianal to the piece and the spring with the smaller, more regular holes may be a replacement.

Family history states that George W. McDavid used it in Tennessee and Kentucky and was a hunting conpanion of Davy Crockett.

This trap was brought to America from Ireland before the American Revolution by Patrick McDavid. He gave it to his son, George W. McDavid, it then passed to his son, Samuel W. McDavid then his son, William E. McDavis, then to his grandson, Buell Horton of Ashland, Ky. It was loaned to KHS by him on December 12, 1927 at the request of Mrs. W.J. Fields, the daughter of Samuel W. McDavid and wife of Kentucky Governor, W. J. Fields.
Collection Buell Horton Collection
People Fields, William Jason
McDavid, George W.
Crockett, Davy, 1786-1836
Subjects Hunting
Hunting gear
Traps, Animal
Search Terms Kentucky
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS