Gin traps (derived from the word ‘engine’) are the standard old stereotypical rabbit traps.
They were made for many years by the village blacksmith before mass production in the forges of the Midlands took over.
They were banned for use in 1958 in England and Wales, later in Scotland. They were made in many sizes depending upon the type of animal you were trying to catch from mice to lions. Some had small brass parts, but most were predominantly of steel construction.To dispel a common myth that seems to crop up from time to time ~ old Gin Traps are perfectly legal to own, collect, buy and sell as items of historical importance, antiques or curiosities. It is purely the use of gin traps and similar devices that was made illegal in 1958 by the Pests Act (1954) in England and Wales.