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Posted 6 years ago


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Butler "Shock Absorber" 1881
My newest addition. This wire was pattented in 1881 by William W. Butler of Boise Idaho. It features a coiled wire barb that has a metal endcap.


  1. StihlCollector StihlCollector, 6 years ago
    Very Cool! Thanks for sharing and the history.
  2. gotwire gotwire, 6 years ago
    Nice Wire!!! Lets post some more. Get people interested.
  3. barbedwireguy barbedwireguy, 6 years ago
    Stihlcollector, Many thanks!
    gotwire, you have a deal. I'll get some more on here
  4. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 6 years ago
    Story I've heard about this wire is that Mr. Butler invented this wire and manufactured it while serving a term in Boise State Prison at Boise City, Idaho Territory.
  5. barbedwireguy barbedwireguy, 6 years ago
    GateKeeper, I hadn't heard that story but it bears looking into... I love research!!!
    Thanks for the lead, I'll let you know if I find out anything.
  6. DMK678 DMK678, 6 years ago
    Summary: This collection consists of individual inmate records from the Idaho territorial and state penitentiaries from 1864 to 1947, including intake forms, pardons and parole documents, photographs, personal correspondence, and discharge information.
    Repository: Idaho State Historical Society
    Public Archives and Research Library

    2205 Old Penitentiary Rd.
    Boise, ID 83712-8250
    208-334-3356 - telephone
    208-334-3198 - fax

    Cheers Thanks For Sharing
  7. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 6 years ago
    Thanks. I would love to know more. My research has been a dead end.
  8. barbedwireguy barbedwireguy, 6 years ago
    DMK678, Thanks for the info!!!
  9. DMK678 DMK678, 6 years ago
    No Problem The Research The Wire The History This Site ect.
    Good To meet you
  10. barbedwireguy barbedwireguy, 6 years ago
    DMK678, Good to meet you too.
  11. DMK678 DMK678, 6 years ago
    I Meant--No Problem I Love..... The Research and..Ect....Above
    Good To Meet You As Well.
  12. nodderbug, 6 years ago
    Only a few of these are known to exist.....and, in premium collections.

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