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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-15-2015, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Trap Collectors - HELP - Need ID

Bought this trap at auction a while back because of the size, but after getting it, noticed a few odd things.





First, the levers set to the inside.





Second, compared to the standard jump trap, the lever is about four times as heavy and almost looks like it is cast iron.




Last, the pan shape is odd. It is rectangular, but notched for the levers to clear.





I can barely make out the wording on the pan, but can see a 3 on it. However, when set side by side with a Victor #3 jump, this trap is far larger.

I bought it thinking it was a No 4.








Back to the pan.

The odd shape is one thing.

Doing the research, I thought I had this pegged as a Triumph but the levers in every example I can find are nothing more than sheet metal. The levers on this trap are thick.

Perhaps an early model?

But then, even with most of the stamping gone on the pan, what I can see isn't matching up either.

The guide dogs on either side of the pan appear heavier than the Triumph as well.

I can not set this trap. Only thing I haven't tried is clamping it. But it is a STRONG trap... takes both hands to get one lever down.










Any information on this is welcome! Same with the Victor shown.

Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-15-2015, 01:23 PM
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Triumph Master Grip 34 Trap

Here is one you can read the pan.
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedi...raps-134979697

Another link with value, no pics though.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Triu...p2047675.l2557

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-15-2015, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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thanks.

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The Master Grip 34X is one of the more collectable traps there are. Do not let that one get away. It's value is only going one way ..... UP.

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The 34 "X" has teeth. Hard to say what the collectability of traps will be in years to come. I have/had a substantial Newhouse collection. Haven't bought any in about 10 years but am currently selling them off, sell prices are really about what I paid. Got 16 remaining sizes if anybody is interested. Not sure how many new/young collectors are coming in. Collectible things go in and out of favor. Hard to find places to sell them, forums get little response unless you are willing to give them away. Many old traps are pretty large and ebay has restrictive rules about sizes, sometimes that can be circumvented by stating a fake size hoping that will prevent a check or avoid to say any dimensions at all and hope nobody looks it up. I've seen bear traps sold on ebay with a stated size of like 5" for a #5. People looking for them know the real details and the reason for the fake size.

Issues affecting price on the OP post is pitting, a difficult to read pan, and a modified pan with the holes.




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Booth of the traps were bought to finance my hunting and gun needs. Both will end up on EBay. I do like to know hat I am selling though. Also goes in the grey matter for later use as well.

Appreciate the help.

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