Posted 3 years ago
Sometimes taking a chance pays off. The jumble of wire was listed on a internet site. I could see one rare wire that I did not have in my collection, so I bought the lot sight unseen. Had to drive 300 mile round trip to pick it up. (Collectors will go to great lengths to add to a collection.) When I returned home and sorted it out to my amazement there were quite a few rare wires in the bunch. This was someone's collection from the 1960s - 1970s. Probably been stored away in an old barn for 30 or 40 years. I have posted highly visible wood block wires before. This bonanza had 4 very nice examples of two different patented wires. It was very common for farmers and collectors to replace the wood blocks that had been burned away in grass fires, or weathered away. These are examples of that. The top wire is a patented wire by William Jane & James Hill, of Boone, Iowa. The second wire is barbless version of the patented wire by Hiram B. Scutt, of Joliet, Illinois. The third is the same Scutt patent with sheet metal barbs between the wood blocks. The last one is my favorite. Some enterprising farmer made his own visible fence by cutting a picket fence and adding barbs to the wood blocks, The barbs were created by cutting a long staple lengthwise, inserting it through the block, and hooking the curved end of the staple around the wire on the opposite side to hold the block in place. Very clever.