Vintage Lobster Trap w/buoy & Lobster - $125 (Dimondale)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Handmade by a Maine lobsterman
model name / number: Vintage wooden lobster trap
size / dimensions: 32x24x17"
This arched top, handmade, wooden lobster trap with an original lobsterman’s trap buoy and a colorful model of a nicely sized lobster, brings a touch of the sea to your home or any place or décor that needs a nautical touch.

This lobster trap was brought to Lansing from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, on July 13, 1975, on the roof racks of a shiny blue 1971 Volkswagen beetle, 48 years ago. (The downtown drive through a deserted Toronto early Sunday morning amused the officers in the accompanying squad car.) With a working life span of about three to four years, this lobster trap ages to about 52 years, making it a “true vintage” item.

The trap measures 32" x 24" x 17". It is well-built and very strong. The quintessential American lobster trap was invented in 1808 in Massachusetts and made from plaster lath strips. Lobstermen in Maine preferred oak. Traps made of wire are now the dominant trap in Maine as an alternative to the heavy wooden traps, after their invention in 1957.

Wooden traps would float and required ballast to hold them to the bottom. The ballast blocks in this trap were imprinted with the number 3317 by its maker. Wind, waves and currents, would tangle the trap buoys into snarls and each buoy, painted a different color, would make the snarl of rope and buoys look like a flower. The lobstermen called them posies. The red and white buoy included, is an authentic used buoy from the same harbor.

This trap has always been kept indoors and used only as a decorative piece and we are hoping to find it a new caring home. I have a reserve on it of $!25.00. If you would care to own it, please email an inquiry with name and telephone number and I’ll get right back to you.

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