Monday, February 27, 2006

There’s Gold In Them Thar Mouse Traps

GROTON, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When it comes to mouse traps, they sure don’t make ‘em like they used to.

Just ask New York-based Rick Cicciarelli, who, at 28, may be the youngest antique animal trap collector in the country.

He points to an 1878 multi-catch mouse trap in his collection nicknamed Clownface. The mouse enters through the metal clown’s mouth, the eyes and mouth close while the critter goes into a separate chamber, and the mouth opens again for the next victim.

He also has a 1903 Mousemobile which was marketed as a trap/toy because when the mouse reaches the large wheel in the back of the trap, the whole thing moves across the floor.

Cicciarelli has around 50 traps in his collection, and even though some of them are worth thousands of dollars, he denies setting traps around his property to ward off thieves.

As you can imagine, he doesn’t use his pricey traps to catch any prey. He says he prefers to use the 99 cent Victor snap traps, adding, “They have the best economical design.”

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