"Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door” is an old misquoted aphorism attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. However, misquoted or not, many inventors took these words to heart. There have been more than 4,400 patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for new mousetraps. Included on this list is a 1893 patent for the French designed Marty wire cage live mousetrap. This beautifully designed trap with its gentle curved lines continues to demonstrate the unique ability of the French to transform a utilitarian item into a work of art.
Yellow Garage dealer The Crowing Rooster Antiques is featuring a late 19th Century Marty wire cage mousetrap. This model of Marty trap is the most diminutive of their traps and is designed for the live capture and release of mice. The trap is in excellent condition and measures 7” long and 4” high. If you collect antique mousetraps or are just looking for a beautiful and unique decorative object, this French designed Marty wire cage mousetrap is for you.