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ANTIQUE BARBED WIRE44 of 60MY DREAM WIREBARBED WIRE RIBBONS
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Posted 5 years ago

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TheGateKee…
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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.

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  1. barbedwireguy barbedwireguy, 5 years ago
    Some nice wires!! Always loved the ornamentals
  2. railman railman, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 years ago
    Did Dalton say where he got the information?
  6. railman railman, 5 years ago
    No. I posted an image of my Riter. It came from the Jim Goedert collection.
  7. finder22, 2 months ago
    Hello - seems I am a little late in this post. Just found some wire, after a lot of internet search I was able to see an example of it on TheGateKeepers post above. But I can't make out what is written under the strand (second from the bottom) of the beige display board. Help please!
  8. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 2 months ago
    HAPPY TO FILL YOU IN ON THE DETAILS. IT WAS PATENTED MARCH 29, 1892, PAT #471,669 BY EDGAR HATHAWAY OF HORNELLSVILLE, NEW YORK. IT HAS A COLLECTOR VALUE FROM $5 TO$ $10. TRENDS TOWARD THE LOWER VALUE. NOT A RARE WIRE, BUT IT IS A UNIQUE DESIGN. THE MACHINE USED TO MAKE IT IS ALSO VERY INTERESTING. IT IS BARBLESS AND WAS USED AS DECORATIVE FENCING. QUITE POPULAR. IT HAS BEEN FOUND IN MOST OF THE STATES. PROBABLY A FEW FENCES STILL STANDING.
  9. finder22, 2 months ago
    Thanks for the fast reply GateKeeper! I found a bunch of it way up here in Ontario Canada, under some rocks on an abandoned homestead plot in the middle of a forest, in fact it used to be a community until about the 1930's when the government decided to control (cut off) the water flow and the local mills died out and then the community followed, also the great depression 'helped'. Your information fits the time line and I can see the hopes and dreams that they had. Thank you again :)
  10. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 2 months ago
    Wow. You really did your homework. I think that is great. History drives my passion for collecting fencing. Your info will be a marvelous addition to the Hathaway history at the Antique Barbed Wire Society's history library at the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum. Thank you for contacting me.

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