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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
LLOYD FRANKLIN WILLIAMS, OF CLARKSVILLE, TEXAS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 575,450, dated January 19, 1897,
Application filed June 26, 1896. Serial No. 597,043, (No model.)
To all whozrn it mcny concern:
Be it known that I, LLOYD FRANKLIN WIL-
LIAMS, a citizen of the United States, resid-
ing at Clarksville, in the county of Red River
5 and State of Texas, have invented a new and
useful Trap, of which the following is a speci-
This invention relates to improvements in
self-setting traps, and more particularly to
S0o the doors thereof and the means for operating
The object of the invention is to provide
in a trap of the character mentioned simple
and efficient means for closing the entrance
15 thereof, whereby an animal or fowl passing
therethrough shall be prevented returning,
and thus be held in the trap, and, further,
to so construct such means as to permit the
door of the trap remaining in an open posi-
2o tion except when the animal or fowl attempts
to pass out through the same, thereby afford-
ing a free passage to the interior of the trap
and presenting an inducement for other ani-
mals or fowls to enter.
25 With these objects in view the invention
consists, substantially, in the construction,
combination, and arrangement of parts, as
will be hereinafter fully illustrated, described,
30 In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is
a perspective view of a trap having the herein-
described improvements applied thereto.
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view thereof
with the door open. Fig. 3 is an enlarged
35 detail perspective view of the entrance-pas-
sage, the door of the same, and the means for
operating the door. Fig. 4 is a transverse
sectional view on the line 4 4, Fig. 2, the door
of the trap being shown in closed position.
40 Fig. 5 is a detail perspective view of the door.
Similar numerals of reference indicate cor-
responding parts throughout the figures.
Referring to the drawings, 1 designates the
body of a trap,which may be of any approved
45 shape and construction, and is provided with
an opening 2 for the passage of the animals
into the same.
Within the trap and extending from the
opening 2 is an entrance-passage 3, which
50 passage is composed of a series of inverted-
U-shaped frames 4, arranged in alinement
with each other and having their lower ends
secured in the bottom of the trap, and dis-
posed in said passage are the door 5 of the
trap and the means for operating the same. 55
The door 5 comprises a U-shaped panel 6,
the lower or outer end of which is hinged to
the bottom of the trap near the opening 2
thereof, by staples 7, or their equivalents,
and said staples straddle the cross-piece of 6o
the frame 6, thereby securely hinging the
latter to said bottom, but permitting the same
to be capable of a free vertical swinging move-
ment. Each side of the frame 6, near the
lower or outer end thereof, is provided with 65
an offset 8, and secured to said sides is a
tread-plate 9, which extends over the frame
from the offsets 8 to approximately its inner
end. The frame 6 has connected to its cross-
piece spaced prongs 10, which are disposed 70
beneath the plate 9, and said prongs lie par-
allel with and are of the same length as the
sides of said frame, the inner ends of said
prongs and sides being pointed, so as to pre-
vent the animal in the body of the trap pass- 75
For operating the door 5 a tilting platform
11 is employed. This platform consists of a
frame 12, which is covered by a plate 13, and
from the outer end of the plate 13 the sides 80
of the frame 12 are extended to form arms
and lie along the outside of the frame 6 from
the inner end thereof to the offsets 8, said
sides of the frame 12 being looped around the
offsets 8 and thereby providing a hinge con- 85
nection between the tilting platform 11 and
the door 5.
At a point intermediate the ends of the
frame 12 and adjacent to the outer end of the
plate 13 oppositely-disposed fulcrum-rods 14 90
are attached, said fulcrum-rods being con-
nected at their upper ends to one of the frames
4 of the passage 3, and each having its lower
end forming an eye 15, adapted to receive and
hold the extended sides of the frame 12. The 95
upper ends of the fulcrum-rods are provided
with eyes which receive the transverse por-
tion of one of the frames 4.
It is to be notedthat the position of the door
5 is normally open, the inner end thereof rest- ioo
ing upon the outer end of the plate 13 of the
tilting platform 11, and in order that the plate
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Williams, Lloyd Franklin. Trap., patent, January 19, 1897; [Washington D.C.]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174499/m1/2/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.