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For bidding in this lot is a RARE Kenwood Era Newhouse Number 5 bear trap, by the Oneida Community. Starting production in 1845, Sewell Newhouse - A blacksmith within the community, learned to hand-forge animal traps better than anyone else of the time. Newhouse was part of the Oneida Community, a religious based "family" of approximately 250 members, who believed in a harmonious group living, and striving to reach human perfection through congruous collaboration. By 1852, the community was able to further improve Newhouses design, and mechanized the manufacturing process. by the 1860's, the Oneida Community was making over 200,000 traps a year, then in 1864, production demanded a new facility, and scores of new employees, making their trap facility the largest in the country, as well as putting Oneida Newhouse in the mainstream of American industrial development. by the 1870's the new factory was producing over 400,000 traps per year. In 1886, The Oneida Community, Ltd. introduced a less expensive line of traps, known as the Victor. By the early 1900's, 2 in every 3 traps across the globe came from the Oneida factory. The Number 5 is one of Oneida's longest running traps, manufactured in 5 different "models" over the year, including; the Slick Pan, Community, Kenwood Era, Patent Date Models, and ATC's. This trap falls in the center of the lineage, and is known as a Kenwood Era, manufactured between 1895 to 1905. The trap shows large teeth, and an embossed pan, reading; "S. Newhouse - KENWOOD. N.Y. - No. 5". Additionally, the spring arms are faintly stamped "S. Newhouse - Oneida Community - N.Y.". Overall, the trap shows good original condition. The trap measures 35" long, and shows a 4 1/4" pan.


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Newhouse No. 5 Kenwood Era Bear Trap c. 1895-1905

Estimate $1,000 - $2,250Jun 30, 2018