Texas Mouse Trap
Invention Animal Trap
Filed Monday, 21st August 1882
Published Tuesday, 26th December 1882
Inventor James Alexander Williams
Otto Kampfe did not invent the first mouse trap.CPC Classification:
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To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Jas. Alexander Williams, of Fredonia, in the county of San Saba and State of Texas, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Animal-Traps; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it pertains to make and use it, reference being had to the accompanying
My invention relates to an improvement in animal-traps; and it consists in the combination of a suitable frame upon which a revolver or pistol is secured, a treadle which is secured to the front end of this frame, and a suitable spring and levers, by which the firearm is discharged when the animal steps upon the treadle, as will be more fully described hereinafter.
The object of my invention is to provide a means by which animals which burrow in the ground can be destroyed, and which trap will give an alarm each time that it goes off, so that it can be reset.
The accompanying drawing represents the side elevation of my invention complete.
A represents a suitable board, from which rises the three standards
This invention may also be used in connection with a door or window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or window to which it is attached.
I am aware that burglar-alarms of various kinds have been used, and which have been connected to windows and doors in such a manner that the opening of the window or door causes a pressure upon a lever which discharges a firearm; but in no case have the parts been arranged and combined as here shown and described.
Having thus described my invention, I claim—
The combination of a suitable frame provided with standards, a fire arm, the lever
In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
James Alexander Williams.
John Caldwell Calhoun,
Bassil Manly Buntyr.