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This iron trap was probably used to catch fur-bearing animals such as beavers since it lacks the sharp iron teeth integral to the devices used to entrap wolves and bears. Made of heavy wrought iron bars and fitted with a spring mechanism and a link chain, traps were among the more complicated items made by the blacksmith. The trap was found on Hoosac Mountain about 1824 by Turner Potter and his father of Greenfield, Massachusetts.