Man Trap from a country estate or large garden

This cast iron Man Trap originated on a large estate, where it would possibly have been used in an orchard or woodland to deter poachers. The trap would have been concealed in long grass. The pressure of a foot standing on the plate releases the spring, causing the toothed jaws to close upon the victim's leg, causing severe injuries.
Collection description:
Man Trap from a country estate or large garden
Artist or maker:
Crellin
Date:
late 18th-early 19th century
Medium:
iron
Measurements:
32 x 58 x 180 cm
Rights:
Manx National Heritage
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