Offered in this lot for bidding is a Kenwood Era, Oneida Newhouse Number 4 1/2 Wolf Trap. Newhouse traps are the creation of Sewell Newhouse, and the Oneida Community. When Sewell moved to Oneida County, New York at the age of 14, he spent most of his time in the woods, becoming well-aquainted with local Native American tribes. Under their guidance, he became a well-rounded woodsman, especially interested in pursuit and capture of wild animals. Sewell made his first trap of scrap metal found in his fathers workshop at 17 years old. In 1849, Newhouse was approached by John Humphrey Noyes, who had just launched a communal living venture on the banks of Oneida Creek, a few miles from Kenwood, New York. The commune was a religious idea, intended to save mankind. It was based on the idea that a perfect life could only be lived if people sacrificed everything to the community’s interest. Newhouse joined Noyes’ Oneida Community, and there he continued to make steel traps in the old way, by hand. With the aid of the community, Newhouse traps became the largest manufacture of animal traps in the world, with 2/3 traps showing either the Newhouse or Victor name. The Kenwood Era spans between 1895 and 1905, and can be distinguished by a different pan markings, reading: "S. Newhouse - Kenwood, N.Y."encircling "Wolf Trap - No. 4 1/2". Additionally, the left spring is faintly stamped. Overall, the trap shows good, original condition, and includes its original drag chain. The trap measures 23 3/4" wide, with a 3 1/8" pan.