Hunting/old bear trap


hello i have a northwest territory fur co. #15 1876 bear trap and i can find nothing on it..can you please help.

thank you

Good Morning Larry,

I'm sorry that I simply don't know alot about old or antique traps. My expertise here is in the actual using of traps, and the trapping of animals... But, I do know that many of the older, and less commonly found traps can be worth a considerable sum of money to collectors, particularly those traps from the early part of the 20th century and before. And, of course, the better the condition they are in, the more money they can be worth. I have a number of old traps that I paid just 2 or 3 dollars for as recently as the 1970's, and used for years on my traplines, that today are worth 15 to 20 times what I originally gave for them... I'd have to say your trap, if in fact it is a trap designed for trapping bear, and is that old, was probably worth in excess of 250 dollars to the right collector...possibly far in excess. But, like I say, I'm not an authority, and that is just my "educated guess".... While I do own a number of old and antique traps, I have nothing like that, or that old.

You could find out more about the value and history of this trap and the company that made and/or sold it, by contacting "The American Trap Collectors Association"... They have a forum and a section in that forum where people can ask questions about specific old traps, and get replies from people who actually study and collect these old timers... Here is a link (You may have to copy and paste it).   

Good luck Larry, that sounds like a fine old collectable.



All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts




I can answer most basic questions concerning predator trapping and some water trapping. Questions about lures, baits, sets, traps, trap treatment, modification, sizes, equipment, usage, etc. I have been certified by the Okla. Dept. of Wildlife Conservation, the old First Okla. Trapper`s Assoc., and the Okla. State Univ. Extension Service as a trapping instructor, and in years past have given classes to people wishing to learn the sport...I also have a couple decades experience in predator calling and can provide some basic answers to these questions as well.


30+ years running my own traplines, and 60+ years experience as a hunter, shooter, fisherman, and outdoorsman.

I have been certified by the Okla. Dept. of Wildlife Conservation, the old First Okla. Trapper`s Assoc., and the Okla. State Univ. Extension Service, as a trapping instructor... I have also received personal instruction from two professional ADC specialists.

Past/Present Clients
As far as teaching what I know to others. I take this to be what you mean here... I have helped my son, and son in law, as well as given classes to a number of other people in this area, to help get them started in trapping and predator calling... I have had personal instruction from 2 professional government ADC specialists, and I have over 30 years experience running my own traplines, and 60+ years of experience in the outdoors...... I have a friend who is a troop leader with the Boy Scouts. In the past I have done several demonstrations on trapping and predator calling for the boys, and on a number of occasions have helped the troop to set up and run a trapline during the winter, with proceeds going to the troop.

©2017 All rights reserved.