TheGateKeeper

Prosper, Texas

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

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SALESMAN DEMONSTRATOR - ACTUATING DRIVEWAY GATE - Advertisingin Advertising
 TIBETAN TRIBAL COPPER BRACELET - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
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ELLWOOD STEEL FENCE ADVERTISING - Advertisingin Advertising
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U. S. POULTRY FENCE COMPANY SALESMAN SAMPLE - Advertisingin Advertising
RED BRAND FENCE - KEYSTONE MANUFACTURING - Advertisingin Advertising
CRAFTSMAN MODEL WAGON - POSSIBLE SALESMAN SAMPLE - Advertisingin Advertising
SALESMAN SAMPLE AUTOMATIC GATE  - Advertisingin Advertising
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  1. Last night I watched the Pamona Winter National drag racing. There were Harleys that topped 200 mph in a quarter mile. They have sure come a long way. Not your Great Grandfather's Harley any more.
  2. Thank You Caliene. I have been fascinated with miniatures from a very young age. Think it may be from watching all the baby animals on the farm. A gate like this one would have been too uppity fo...
  3. Thanks Scott This is a new addition that is the result of over two years of negotiation. Found the patents by accident while doing google searches for the manufacturing company. Up popped the Farm ...
  4. It is a barbed wire stretcher. The jaws clamp and hold the wire. The end of the device fits on fence post and then used as a lever. Search Google Patents under wire tightener or stretcher and you wi...
  5. I have one of these that I ordered by mail during the run of the TV show DEATH VALLEY DAYS. It is still in the box. I've tried to kickstart putting it together in a realistic diorama. So far someth...
  6. And a Happy New Year to you Nicefice!
  7. Thanks for the advice valentino97. Are you speaking from experience? I was hoping for some ancient juju. If the mixed metal bracelet doesn't work it will go into my fence collection.
  8. Albegood. I was very pleased to be in the right place at the right time. These were a package deal.
  9. Thanks racer4four.
  10. Thanks Trunkman & Valentino97.
  11. REALLY LOVE THE CAST IRON GRAVE FENCE.
  12. FANTASTIC COLLECTION!!!!
  13. blunderbuss2, Better late than never to say thank you for your nice comment.
  14. This was my favorite series. I loved "To Serve Man", but my absolute favorite was the episode where not a word was spoken. Aliens landed on a planet inhabited by giants. At the very end we learn th...
  15. These would make wicked grape shot. My guess is that they came from Texas.
  16. Scott, What a treasure! I am interested to know if the design add ons are 3 dimensional. If not this a great example of trompe l'oeil.
  17. Good eye Celiene. The other side of the trivet is blank (cruddy looking from use). The Ellwood Fence poster is really an eye catcher. The fence wire glints when you move the card around.
  18. Thank you Nicefice
  19. Thank you Nicefice.
  20. Claim #1 says "braided rail or web as shown & described, 3 or more wires" Claim #2 says "braided web with external barbs" Claim #3 says " braided web with integral barbs" He covered all the bases. ...
  21. The link to the patent: https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts&gws_rd=ssl#tbm=pts&q=us248348
  22. UncleRon - It has become more difficult to locate some of the older patents since Google did some recent upgrades. Try typing in US248348 with no commas. Let me know if that doesn't work and I wil...
  23. Good eye! Looks like the Prestons diversified.
  24. The Antique Barbed Wire Society publishes a Value Guide for antique barbed wire each year. The wires you have illustrated are very commonly found since so much of it was manufactured. In 1885 one fa...
  25. I remember these were called "Cupie Dolls" that were prizes on the midway at fairs.
  26. I am particularly curious about the door in the tailgate. Was this a grain wagon.
  27. Thanks for the lug nuts lesson. Yes, I agree that this has to be a modern piece. Maybe the next version will have disc brakes. I have really enjoyed displaying it. Have had a lot of nice comments ab...
  28. blunderbuss2 - Yes, the bank is not an antique, but it has great graphics. That is the main reason I got it. Red Brand is their symbol.
  29. blunderbuss2 - I am a searcher. I follow EBay and other auctions to locate new and interesting things for my collection. I have waited as long as 40 years to add a specific item. Not sure about the ...
  30. Blunderbuss2 - The bank dates to the late 1970s or early 1980s. The company is still in business.
  31. AZTom - Your comment about hex nuts got me thinking. When were they first used? Internet research tells me they were manufactured and used in the 1880s. The photo I added of the green wagon appears...
  32. Blunderbus, 27 connects the two arms together so the gate will open or close from either direction. It does toggle slightly. Rigid wouldn't allow the arms to move.
  33. Blunderbuss, Look at the earlier post of this wagon. One of the photos shows the brake lever and mechanism.
  34. Thank You Nicefice. Blunderbuss. The arms pull on a lever that unlatches the gate from the post and swings the gate open. Pulling the opposite arm closes and latches the gate. Photos are not ve...
  35. AZTom - You are correct about the nuts. I am sure this is not an 18880s model. The wheel tires are a giveaway also.
  36. It has disc brakes or they just dragged their feet. Just kidding. The brake arm is on the opposite side, hidden by the seat. Don't have a photo of that side. You can see the brake pads on the rear ...
  37. Thank you all for your comments, loves, and references. You make it worthwhile.
  38. Antique rose, Yes, cattle guards are still used extensively in cattle country. I've seen faux cattle guards on highways that are lines painted on the pavement. These seem to work as well. They are...
  39. Thank you mareredware. I used fingers and toes.
  40. Thank You Nicefice.
  41. Thanks AZTom
  42. JUNE 2016 ADDED PHOTO OF COMPLETED RESTORATION OF GATE TO APPEAR AS I BELIEVE THE ORIGINAL MAY HAVE LOOKED.
  43. These are symbols of the Lone Star State. The stars of Texas are upon you. What are the circumference of the circles?
  44. CELEINE - I found this on E Bay. It came from Sandusky, Michigan.
  45. THANK YOU CELEINE FOR ALL THE TERRIFIC INFO. HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO SIFT THROUGH ALL THE DATA. YOUR SKILLED RESEARCH HAS ADDED GREATLY TO THE HISTORY OF THIS ITEM. WONDER IF THE SALESMAN YOU MENTI...
  46. Thanks barbedwireguy. Glad to know you're still there. Missed you at the trade shows.
  47. Thanks Manikin.
  48. Thank You Nicefice.
  49. 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 Wir...
  50. 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...
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