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Posted 5 years ago


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Ornamental wire with or without barbs was used to surround cemeteries, homes, and property boundaries. Machines were designed to produce the unusual shapes of wire manufactured during the late 19th century and early 20th century.


  1. barbedwireguy barbedwireguy, 5 years ago
    Some nice wires!! Always loved the ornamentals
  2. railman railman, 4 years ago
    Awesome collection. I know the 4th from the bottom is a Ritter but much wider than the example I have with many more undulations. I will be posting my example soon. I love Watson's butterfly link on the bottom. What do you know about its history? Does it have a patent number? Hagemeier doesn't give one and lists it as a G wire with the only information being that it was handmade by Dave Watson of Welling, OK. What year? I would love a specimen of that wire!
  3. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 4 years ago
    Thank You for your kind remarks. Will be looking forward to seeing your Riter. Mine is 1 1/2" wide. The "Watson" link wire is a puzzle. Where did you hear the Welling, OK story? I've never heard that. I am of a different opinion. I have mine labeled Parmenus F. Frost, Mt Vernon, NY patent #1,548,133. It appears to me to have been machine made. It also seems a natural progression from #313B. Maybe someone else out there knows something about it?
  4. railman railman, 4 years ago
    Hagemeier has it listed as #55 G but Glover published it as well (G-997) as did Dalton (D-74). The information I got came from Dalton's pocket guide published in 1989.
  5. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 4 years ago
    Did Dalton say where he got the information?
  6. railman railman, 4 years ago
    No. I posted an image of my Riter. It came from the Jim Goedert collection.

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