Logan, Utah

19th century fencing. Barbed wire, patent models, and salesman samples. Additional information added to posts as it becomes available.


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RESTORED SALESMAN SAMPLE GATE - Advertisingin Advertising
THOMAS H. DODGE - INVENTOR - BUSINESSMAN - PHILANTHROPIST - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
"Z" BARBED STRIP - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
HIGHLY VISIBLE BARBED FENCE STRIP - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
FIFTY YEAR SEARCH ENDED - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
SHUMAN FENCE SYSTEM - UNIQUE DESIGN - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
EARLY HAND ASSEMBLED BARBED WIRE & NAIL TAB - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware


  1. Keep on trunking! What marvelous wit and imagination. This could be the first of a series of "how to" books. TV in the fireplace with a roaring fire DVD is perfect for those allergic to wood smoke....
  2. Fantastic restoration! Ingenious ideas. Love it!!
  3. Nice Gate!!
  4. Thank you barbedwireguy.
  5. racer4four Check out this posting I believe it was found in Australia.
  6. Probably a factory motor. A leather belt ran on the pulley to a line shaft that could operate a number of machines.
  7. racer4four The wood blocks were used to make the wire visible. Wire with barbs caused severe damage to animals (including humans). Many of the states passed laws requiring "warning plates" or "warn...
  8. Not a Kansan. Texan born and bred. There because of the convention. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum is located in La Crosse. It was their 50th anniversary.
  9. Thanks kerry10456. At my age the "Whaoo" shuffle is more appropriate.
  10. Very kind of you kerry10456. I agree with your critter assessment. Thanks for clearing up the "they" question. I will look for short critters when anyone says "they".
  11. Thanks tom61375. Good one. There's a joke for every occasion. You should write a book! By the way, who is "they"?
  12. Thank you Sean.
  13. You're welcome Tony. I love sharing my passion of 50+ years.
  14. Found a rock just like the first one that I gave to my wife on Valentine's Day 2008. Love it.
  15. Love your collection. In another life I could easily collect old gas pumps.
  16. Thanks Michael, Sounds as if your fence must be really special. I love the old Victorian fences. The corn fence in New Orleans is my favorite.
  17. My wife would be in heaven.
  18. What a fantastic collection!! I was a techinician for the Simplex Time Recorder Company in the 70s and 80s. Got to work on early time recording equipment, tower clocks, and master time systems. L...
  19. Thanks Sean68!! Love sharing.
  20. Thanks kerry10456. I love history and researching these keeps my mind active. It is terrific when you can tie things together, like having an item, finding a patent, and advertising pamphlets, postc...
  21. Thanks Windwalker. Smiles are our friends. I have 58 and counting. Still a few around. Have to look in all the right places.
  22. Thanks to Google patents for making it possible to locate information about an item.
  23. Tried a different patent search criteria and located the patent January 17, 2014. Thank you google.
  24. You were a big boy when you were four! My feet wouldn't even reach the pedals on my tiny red triclyle. Kidding aside, that is a neat machine. The "Pickers" would go nuts over that.
  25. Thanks Sean.
  26. fhrjr2 - This is a very versatile design. It could be opened on one side and closed on the other. It also could be raised to clear obstructions. There are a number of patents for variations on this ...
  27. It is my pleasure to share. Thanks kerry10456
  28. AzTom - That is the million dollar question. From what I have read the Patent Office required a working model no larger than 12"x12"x12", although it is said that some exceeded that size by a bit, s...
  29. Better late than never! Thank you subversivegrrl
  30. Thanks for your input fhfjr. Your comments about the quality of the first two photos is well taken. I have been unable to find a suitable spot with enough light to take pictures. Have experimented ...
  31. That is very kind of you PhilDavidAlexanderMorris. Thanks.
  32. Terrific find!! Go to and enter patent #894,437. The patent was assigned to M. Hohner 7-28-1908.
  33. Thanks Windwalker
  34. Thank you pw-collector. Sorry for the tardiness. Really appreciate the information.
  35. Thank you Sean68 & AmberRose. Your collections are very special as well.
  36. Thanks Roycroftbooksfromme1. I added the footnote to the listing. Makes it more interesting.
  37. Neat!! Would love to have some spur rowel finials.
  38. Windwalker - Send photo when you build it.
  39. flhrjr2 - Thanks for your comment. I can see you have a good eye. I replaced the rusty, mismatched bolts and nuts with brass replacements to spruce up the model for display. It could very well be f...
  40. Thank You trunkman. I've had this replica for about 3 years. A couple are new auction acquisistions.
  41. My wife collects unusual teapots and she loves this one. Hope I can find the one you mentioned on EBay.
  42. Love your chair collection. Spent a lot of time in "Chair City" (Gardner,MA) and often thought I would collect miniature chairs but my other collections got in the way.
  43. Thank You DrFluffy. I grew up on a Texas farm and these things mean a lot to me.
  44. Thank you for your comment. I love sharing my collections.
  45. Toolate2. Forgot to mention that a machinist friend is making the missing part for this gate. Will update photo when he sends me the part.
  46. Thanks toolate2. Ebay and online auctions are a great resource. This one was Ebay.
  47. Well done! Fakes continue to be a problem in every area of collecting. The more we know ................
  48. Learned that the Flying Red Horse on the oil company building in Dallas, Texas will be lit after being dark for many years.
  49. Thanks for the comment blunderbuss2. Wondered about the use also. Buckeye Fence may have been cast iron as well. Sure would like to know. Maybe someone can solve the mystery.
  50. Another beauty!!
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