This is a recent find: a hollowed, Russian, hand-carved bone flea trap that dates to the 18th century. It is 2 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches in circumference. The owner would cut a strip of cloth, rub honey on one side, saturate the other side with blood then slip it within the flea trap. The blood attracted fleas; they entered through the many carved perforations and stuck to the honey. People also baited their traps with fur while other flea traps had a central rod onto which they rubbed honey, fat or some other sticky substance. The design was quite innovative and as resourceful as it is repellent. Most flea traps are straight and tubular in appearance; however, this flea trap displays the Russian penchant for the onion dome.

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This is a recent find: a hollowed, Russian, hand-carved bone flea trap that dates to the 18th century. It is 2 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches in circumference. The owner would cut a strip of cloth, rub honey on one side, saturate the other side with blood then slip it within the flea trap. The blood attracted fleas; they entered through the many carved perforations and stuck to the honey. People also baited their traps with fur while other flea traps had a central rod onto which they rubbed honey, fat or some other sticky substance. The design was quite innovative and as resourceful as it is repellent. Most flea traps are straight and tubular in appearance; however, this flea trap displays the Russian penchant for the onion dome.

This is a recent find: a hollowed, Russian, hand-carved bone flea trap that dates to the 18th century. It is 2 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches in circumference. The owner would cut a strip of cloth, rub honey on one side, saturate the other side with blood then slip it within the flea trap. The blood attracted fleas; they entered through the many carved perforations and stuck to the honey. People also baited their traps with fur while other flea traps had a central rod onto which they rubbed honey, fat or some other sticky substance. The design was quite innovative and as resourceful as it is repellent. Most flea traps are straight and tubular in appearance; however, this flea trap displays the Russian penchant for the onion dome.

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