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Inventors The History of the Mousetrap

James Henry Atkinson (special thanks goes to Michael A Beaven for the research)
James Henry Atkinson was the British inventor who in 1897 invented the prototype mousetrap the "Little Nipper". The "Little Nipper" is the classic snapping mousetrap that we are all familiar with that has the small flat wooden base, the spring trap, and the wire fastenings. It slams shut in 38,000s of a second and that record has never been beaten. This is the design that has prevailed until today and has captured a sixty percent share of the UK's mousetrap market and probably an equal share of the U.S. market. Atkinson sold his mousetrap patent in 1913 for 1,000 pounds to Procter, the company that has been manufacturing the "Little Nipper" ever since, and has even erected a 150-exhibit mousetrap museum in their factory headquarters. Source

The Kness Ketch-All Multiple Catch
Austin Kness had an idea for a better mousetrap back in the 1920s, and he built one. The Kness Ketch-All Multiple Catch mousetrap doesn't use bait. It catches mice alive and can catch several before it needs to be reset.

Old Mousetrap Patents

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View text that goes along with the above patent drawing.

View text that goes along with the above patent drawing.

More old mousetrap patents.

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