Posted 8 years ago
After 50 years of searching for the elusive Eldridge J. Smith wire fence with hanging wood blocks I had pretty much given up on ever adding one to my collection. Lucky me. One appeared at the Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors convention in La Crosse, Kansas last week. Now it is proudly displayed with my other wood block wires.
Patent number 266,545 was issued to Eldridge J. Smith, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania October 24, 1882. One half of the patent was assigned to John Schwer, Jr, of Williamsport.
As you can see in the patent drawing several methods of attaching the wood blocks to the wire were covered by the patent. This is the first and only one of them I have ever seen.